Friday, December 1, 2023

Tea Review: Christmas Tea (Kaley Tea)

Christmas Tea
Kaley Tea
Type: Black
Origin: Sri Lanka, Kotapola
Product Description:
Smooth spicy floral fragrances and flavours of Tea, Cardamom and Cloves.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2-3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma has prominent notes of cloves and cardamom.

The liquor is dark red with a sweet clove and cardamom aroma.  The taste is bold and moderately astringent with notes of baking spices and a spicy finish.

The dry leaf and the liquor aroma reminds me of winter holiday baking with a finish that was reminiscent of eating spice cookies, more specifically pfeffernusse.  Steeping for 3 minutes produced bold yet tasty results while a slightly shorter 2 minute steep remained flavorful with slightly less astringency.

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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