Tea Review: Lovers Leap Ceylon

About This Tea

Origin: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Brewing Technique: 100°C, 3-5 Minutes
Supplier: Debonair Tea

This is a strong Ceylon, grown in the western, mountainous region of Nuwara Eliya, on the Lovers Leap tea estate, one of the highest farms in the region at 6500-9000ft above sea level, an elevation that adds to the distinct flavour of the crops. Some trivia (because who doesn't love trivia?!), the estate’s name derives from a legend, whereby two lovers jumped from a local waterfall to their deaths when declined marriage. The story often varies slightly, some suggesting he was a prince, she a foreigner or she a princess and he a servant, either way they were forbidden to marry so eternalised their love in death… Creepy or cute? I’m not too sure, what do you think?

Lovers Leap Ceylon Black Tea - Debonair Tea Company

Aroma

A regular black tea aroma with a slight menthol hint.

Flavour

Lovers Leap Ceylon is completely flexible to personal preference. For black tea, I lean towards a weaker brew to avoid the accompaniment of heavy flavours. Therefore, I preferred this Ceylon when brewed for no longer than two minutes. This served to create a light flavour mixed with with notes of copper and fruit. However, if your preference is for something a little stronger, brew for the recommended time of 3-5 minutes to create a deep, strong and powerful tea with a lightly citric note and obviously bitter flavour. The finish is short, but definitely has a hint of sweet, that tastes like a mixture of plum and caramel. This tea doesn’t double steep well, so stock up on your tea leaves for this one!

Embellishments

Milk: If your inclined to adding milk to black tea then this Ceylon can brew away nicely for the suggested steep time, although slight bitter notes from the strong brew do still make an appearance. There is also a malty, copper-like, citric after note, but if over brewed this gets drowned out by a long bitter finish.
Sweet: I'm a notorious sweet tooth, but I didn’t like an additional sweet in this!! Shocker!! I used a natural hard set honey which served to accentuate the bitter notes and gave it a long, dry finish.

Final Thoughts

Lovers Leap Ceylon is versatile, being ideal for both a builders brew and a light afternoon tea. However, if your preferences lay with much milder flavours then only brew this for a minute, at a stretch two, with no embellishments to create a lovely light black Ceylon.

If you’re interested in trying this out Click Here. The supplier is a cute little business run by a couple and they now offer international shipping!

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