Saturday, December 3, 2022

Tea Review: Black Tea Cigar (Kaley Tea)

Black Tea Cigar
Kaley Tea
Type: Black
Origin: Sri Lanka, Kotapola
Product Description:
Tea leaves and buds are crafted together to form a beautifully shaped Black Tea Cigar. The infusion takes you on an aromatic voyage of subtle earthy flavours and floral poetry.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 1 cigar
Steeping Time: 5 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is light with hints of sweet cinnamon and wood. 

The golden liquor has a rich aroma of honey, brown bread, and oats with a hint of apricot.  The taste is rich and thick with honey with no notable astringency.

This tea is very user friendly, offering the best flavor after 5 minutes or longer without developing astringency.  While I initially left the end tied to keep the leaves together which caused them to unfurl like a flowering tea, I found that completely untying them after the initial steeping allowed the flavor to develop more fully. This would be great for work and travel where you want to enjoy a cup of good quality loose leaf tea without the messy cleanup and without the use of a teabag. 

Kaley Tea is located in a forested, lowland region of southern Sri Lanka, adjacent to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a tropical rainforest and UNESCO World Heritage Site. They specialize in organically grown teas plucked from 100-year-old tea trees and hand-processed in limited batches.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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