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Tea Sourcing - batch 235 - 1st flush Darjeeling Balasun Superior

1st flush Darjeeling Balasun superior: Magnificent! Dried Leaf: Large dark green, brown leaves and silvery buds; aroma of exotic dried fruit, herbs and “petrichor” the smell of fresh rain falling on dry soil/stone.Infused Leaf: Uneven light green leaves with some reddish hues. Parsley, dark wet wood and spice aroma.Liquor: Slightly astringent cup with brilliant apricot colour. A fresh flowery bouquet (tulips) followed by notes of lychee, pear & apricot with mountain herbs and rain after the dry spell. Excellently balanced liquor with brisk and light taste and lingering fruity after-taste.

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Tea sourcing batch 235:

We always source tea carefully - no matter what kind of tea or for who it is. With our ruthless eyes, sinister noses and intense taste buds we take our job seriously. We take NO excuses, political sides, previously excellent batches, legends, famous estates or even price in consideration. Our minds are clear as a sky (not Scottish!) and our tasting sheets are empty..... awaiting the verdicts. We examine the dried leaves first and smell the aroma, then we examine the infused leaves. We spent a long time on the liquor: it's aroma, colour, texture, body, taste, after-taste and other important notes... firstly when the liquor is hot and then when it cools down. And WE LOVE IT! Batch 235...

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Tasting notes – Yerba Mate N.604

Classification: Yerba Mate is made from dried evergreen holly “Ilex paraguariensis”Origin: BrazilGrade: Traditional, very good Leaf: Tiny yellowy-green leaves cut into diamond-like shape releasing an aroma of green apple, eucalyptus and herbs.Infused leaf: Porridge-like green mate has an aroma of smoke, herbs and fresh spring greeniness.Liquor: Straw yellow cup is cloudy almost pond muddy. Liquor is creamy and velvety with hints of green wood, summer earth, fresh grass & herbs – coriander particularly. Taste is teensy but pleasantly bitter at first which quickly changes into beautiful honey-like sweetness. Bright green apple after-taste with a hint of tobacco smokiness lingers on the pallet for some time. About: Yerba Mate is a traditional South American beverage that’s been said to offer the...

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Tasting Notes - Ceylon Ratnapura New Vithanakande FBOPFEXSP “Silver Tips” N.505

Classification: Ceylon Ratnapura New Vithanakande FBOPFEXSP “Silver Tips”- Black tea Origin: Sri Lanka, Ratnapura District, New Vithanakande Tea Estate under Kalawana town.Grade: Sublime, Perfect grade. FBOPFEXSP - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s Extra Special – Similar to FBOP1 but firm and more black leaf with much better leafy tips.Leaf: Beautiful, sleek and nearly straight leaves, brown in colour with wonderful silver (almost gold) tips. Crunchy on touch. Aroma of dried fruit, peach and lemon with a tiny hint of eucalyptus.Infused leaf: Deep reddish thin needle like leaf. Aroma of sweet honey and fruit is rising from the freshly brewed leaves, turning slowly to wonderful scent of wood and clove.Liquor: Brisk, deep copper colour cup with golden hue rim. Gentle and...

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Tasting Notes - Assam Mangalam FBOP N.504

Classification: Assam Mangalam FBOP - Black teaOrigin: India, Assam, Charaideo district, Sonari town, Mangalam Tea EstateGrade: Traditional, BasicLeaf: Leaf is broken Orange Pekoe, deep brown and coppery in colour with an abundance of golden tips, releasing an aroma of earth, spice and wet forest floor. Infused leaf: Infused leaf is coppery-brown, very earthy in aroma with a tiny hint of citrus. Liquor: Cup is bright ruby in colour with a shimmering golden rim. Full bodied, rich and complex liquid, very malty in taste with notes of green wood, biscuits and spice and a bright astringent after-taste. About: In the far north east corner of India lies Assam and it's plantations scattered along the Brahmaputra River which starts in Tibet. The...

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