Uva OP1 Pure Ceylon Black Tea from Tea and Herb Co. Ltd.

On August 26th of 2013, I tasted a sample of Uva OP1 Pure Ceylon Black Tea. This sample was provided by the Tea and Herb Company Limited, located in North Mulleriyawa, Sri Lanka.

According to documentation provided to me by my contact at the Tea and Herb Company, whom I have very much enjoyed working with, the Uva tea estates in Sri Lanka were some of the original estates owned by Sir Thomas Lipton. The teas produced on the Uva estates were the ones that Sir Thomas Lipton used to convert Americans in to habitual tea drinkers. There are multiple estates (or Garden Marks) in the Uva region that supply tea leaves for this particular black tea. These estates include Dickwella, Sarnia-Plaiderie, Glen Alpin, Demodera, Adawatte, Shawlands, and Aislaby.

Now, on to the review.

Tea Analysis and Review Form

Date: 08/26/2013

Product Name: Uva OP1 Pure Ceylon Black Tea

Purchased From: The Tea & Herb Company Limited

Origin: Multiple estates in the Uva region of Sri Lanka

Type of Tea: Ceylon Black (Sri Lanka)

Tea Leaf Characteristics Prior to Infusion:

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Aroma: Sweet, smells of ripe fruit, with a touch of lemon. Very pleasing aroma.

Dryness: Very dry. The leaves crack in to a very coarse crumble.

Color: Uniform black, with many leaves exhibiting reddish-brown tips.

Texture: Smooth, tightly rolled leaves.

Size, Shape, Length: Uniform tightly twisted and wiry leaves with length of about 0.75 inches (19 mm). Leaf fragments and stems.

Unique Characteristics: A very pleasant aroma with a noticeable lemon smell. Uniform leaves in color and size. Nice reddish-brown tips.

Sampling Measurements:

Amount of Water: 8 oz (227 ml)

Amount of Tea: 5 grams

Tea Liquor Evaluation:

First Infusion:

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Water Temperature: 200ºF (93.3ºC)

Steep Time: 3 Minutes and 0 seconds

Aroma: Brisk, a smell of lemons is apparent.

Color: Bright amber. Clear, transparent.

Taste: Very brisk, mouth-filling taste. Notes of lemons all the way through the aftertaste. Mildly bitter. Full bodied.

Comments: The first sip of this tea almost made my face pucker. The taste of lemons is apparent, even through the aftertaste. This is a very tangy and brisk black tea. I can honestly say that the taste of this tea reminded me of a Lipton Brisk Iced Tea, sans the numerous grams of sugar.

Second Infusion:

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Water Temperature: 200ºF (93.3ºC)

Steep Time: 3 Minutes and 0 seconds

Aroma: Lighter smell of lemons, still brisk.

Color: Slightly lighter amber than the 1st infusion. Clear, transparent.

Taste: Lighter overall, but still a brisk and tangy taste with lemon. Body is lighter than 1st infusion. Same lemon aftertaste.

Comments: Despite the lighter overall qualities of this infusion, it still made a good quality cup.

Third Infusion:

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Water Temperature: 200ºF (93.3ºC)

Steep Time: 3 Minutes and 0 seconds

Aroma: Light lemon aroma, lightly brisk.

Color: Very light amber-orange.

Taste: Light overall. Slightly lemony and tangy taste. Lighter body and aftertaste.

Comments: The taste of this 3rd infusion is good enough to drink, but I would not expect a 4th infusion from these leaves.

Tea Leaf Characteristics After Infusions:

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Color: Mostly greenish-brown leaves, brown stems.

Size, Shape, Length: Leaf fragments and stems. Hard to develop an average length or size.

Unique Characteristics: The infused leaves have a light scent of lemon. Leaves are not very durable, suggesting that the leaves are mostly exhausted.

Final Comments: As I mentioned earlier, it is very possible to compare the taste of this tea to that of the popular Lipton Brisk Iced Tea. I know I am being repetitive, but the best way to describe the taste of this tea is brisk and lemony. It is certainly unique from other black teas that I have tried. I can certainly see this tea being popular with tea drinkers who like adding honey, milk, or sugar. I think these additives may give a very pleasant and refreshing balance to the natural taste of this tea. It could also be a good choice for the black tea drinker who is looking for a different taste than many other common black teas. Thank you, Tea & Herb Co. Ltd. for giving me the opportunity to taste a tea from the historic region that Sir Thomas Lipton once owned.

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