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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Arbor Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Organic Greenfield Estate Ceylon'

Tea Information:
Tea: Organic Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Arbor Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: This terrific example of a high-grown Ceylon black tea hails from Sri Lanka's eastern Uva District, grown between 5,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level. Organic and Fair Trade Certified, this black tea is composed of finely twisted leaves of uniform size and dark brown color. Its full-bodied mahogany infusion represents the best of high-grown Ceylons, with a complex flavor profile, light body and classic brisk character.
Ingredients: organic Sri Lankan black tea

Steep Information:
Amount: ~6g
Water: 750ml 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, roasty
Steeped Tea Smell: cocoa, roasty, malty
Flavor: slightly astringent, malty black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: slightly astringent
Liquor: translucent dark red-brown

This was a tea I had in the morning with breakfast, it was an excellent full bodied kick you into gear drink. It was not in any way remarkable from other high end ceylon teas i have had, but it is a very smooth and nuanced high end ceylon. If you are a fan on ceylon I can not recommend this one more highly. I however am an oolong girl so as much as I enjoyed this, and am presenting it with a full 4/4 leaves ranking, and would love to have it again should the opportunity present itself, I won't be stocking up on it.

Arbor Teas sent me this sample for free in order for me to review it and get the word out about their teas in October as it is Fair Trade Month. It arrived USPS Priority mail, but had to wait a few days at the post office for me to pick it up. The compostable packages are opaque and have listed suggested steeping parameters and a stapled on paper tag with the specific tea information. They include a note about re-packaging your tea into opaque air-tight containers for longer shelf lives.

From http://www.arborteas.com/the-environment.html
"Our dedication to protecting the environment pre-dates our love of tea, which is why we’ve taken every step we can think of to reduce the environmental footprint of Arbor Teas.

Never ones to rest on our laurels, we’re always looking for further opportunities to "green-up" our company, giving back to the planet whenever we can. Here’s just a quick summary of the measures we take at Arbor Teas to reduce the environmental impact of our business:
• Our entire catalog of teas is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.
• We are the first and only tea company to deliver its full line of organic loose teas in 100% backyard compostable packaging. In doing so, we've significantly reduced both the carbon emissions and waste stream associated with our products."


And from their letter to me "every tea in out catalog is certified organic, and nearly two-thirds are Fair Trade certified."

Find Steepster reviews of the tea here.

Rating: 4/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing






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