Friday, December 2, 2022

Tea Review: Black Tea Pearl (Kaley Tea)

Black Tea Pearl
Kaley Tea
Type: Black
Origin: Sri Lanka, Kotapola
Product Description:
Tea leaves plucked late afternoon are slow withered overnight by rainforest winds and gently handrolled at dawn, on the palms of artisans. A shimmering light golden cup, the fragrance of forest floor and delicate floral and fruity flavours of Oolong, caress the senses.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 4 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma has notes of brown bread, oats, and honey.

The amber infusion has a rich aroma of honey, brown bread, apricot, and a hint of green vine.  The taste is thick with honey notes which carry on into a long finish.

While the first infusion produced no notable astringency, it does begin to develop quickly as the tea leaves unfurl.  Lowering the water temperature and steeping for a shorter time will help to reduce the astringency if that is your preference.  This tea was a delight to drink and left me with a strong craving for honey on freshly baked brown bread.  

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.

My thanks to Kaley Tea for the opportunity to sample their teas.

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

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