Today’s tea is Ceylon Fancy, and it is a black Sri Lanka tea from Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
The tea leaves are short, chopped or broken, and are dark brown with some gold flecks. It smells sweet and a little bit like dried fruit. When brewed, the leaves turn green, and there are smaller and larger bits of tea. It also smells sweeter still when the leaves are wet.
The color in the cup is a light brown and the flavor is tangy, like it is described on the tin, but I don’t taste the “hints of citrus” mentioned there as well. It has a nice flavor, I would definitely drink this one again. I add milk and the taste is, again, like with the Buddha’s Peak, lighter than the breakfast teas I normally drink, but good, and I think I’m a little surprised. I never expect anything to be as good as the hearty, robust teas I am accustomed to drinking.
So, there you go. I’m learning to appreciate the differences in black teas. Who knew?
Here’s a link to Peet’s India and Sri Lanka teas, although I didn’t find mine there. It’s listed on the tin as a “classic tea,” but it’s possible they’ve stopped carrying it. http://www.peets.com/shop/tea_indiablack.asp