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On Ceylon, Darjeeling and Cinnamon|Teaview

Hello hello,

I haven’t posted many teaviews recently, but not because I haven’t been drinking any! If you’ll check out my 2016 Teas page you will see a small selection of teas, most of which I drink on a daily basis at work or at home. It would probably scare you (and myself) if I were to keep a tally of the number of cups per tea per day that I was drinking. I think that this is perhaps a step too far in the process of tea tracking.

Recently at work, a couple of colleagues who know that I like tea (but not that I actually blog about it) have been handing me various tea bags to try, which I gladly accepted.

Golden Darjeeling

I’ve not had the pleasure of adding Darjeeling to my tea tasting yet and so was happy to try this; my first dip in the Darjeeling ocean (sorry that was a terrible metaphor, but you get where I’m going with this I hope!). I was not disappointed. This brewed a nice transparent caramel colour after 4 minutes of steeping.

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The taste was something special to me. I don’t think I’ve tasted any tea with such a crisp, sharp taste as this one. It was akin to biting a crunchy green apple, but a little less sour.

Is this what astringency is?

This tea also drank a little dry, like wine. I was quite  blown away by the complexity of the flavours from this tea, despite it being bagged. I’m quite excited to make a trip to a couple of the tea shops to see if I can find a loose version for the testing!

Leafy Rating: 5/5 Green Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip art

Cinnamon Tea

The second tea which I tried was this black tea with cinnamon. Now, being a child of the Caribbean, it is virtually impossible not to like spices such as cinnamon and cloves which are such a familiar flavour to our cooking. This tea was a pleasant drink and surprisingly strong but it did go a little cloudy and I think that it would be too much to drink on a daily basis.

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Have you ever tried Big Red gum? If you have, then you’ll like this tea. It was a great experience but I think that I’m more inclined to use my own cinnamon and clove mix to make a tea rather than to have this ‘pre-made’ version.

Leafy Rating: 3/5 Green Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip art

Ceylon Tea

“See lon” or “Say lon” or “Chay lon”?

Comme ci, comme ça. However you say it. This was another tea that I had the fortune of trying for the first time last week. It was a fairly mild and sweet tea that I felt I needed to drink more than once to form a strong enough opinion on.

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It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, it was perhaps that my palate wasn’t quite sure of what it was tasting. I’m going to give it a 3/5 for now but will review this once I have tried it again.

Leafy Rating : 3/5 Green Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip artGreen Leaf clip art


*Side note*

I had a look at the Whittard website to see what they had available of the Ceylon variety and I found the sweetest little profile on Ceylon, its taste profile , best food pairings and the best time in which to drink it.

I will be giving Ceylon and Darjeeling loose leaf a try very soon!

Ceylon characteristics
Image captured from Whittard’s Orange Pekoe page

More tea stuff coming soon!

Jam xx

 

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9 thoughts on “On Ceylon, Darjeeling and Cinnamon|Teaview

    1. Hi Chloe! Yes, they are inadvertently becoming my little tea dealers at work. They think I’m mad. Oh yes the Darjeeling is special. I think you’ll like it as you don’t need to add milk, Jam

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  1. Darjeeling is one of my favorite afternoon teas. I like a strong breakfast tea and in the afternoon I love a good Darjeeling or Earl Grey. Assam is another one I love. The smokiness of it makes me smile! A friend sent me dozens of tiny, little pots of jam yesterday and I thought of you!

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    1. Thanks for thinking of me and the Jam pots. 😀 What a great friend you have! I do like my tea strong generally. I must get my hands on some Darjeeling for those long afternoons at work then!

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