REVIEW: P.M. David Silva & Sons – New Vithanakande

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Tea: Single estate black Ceylon tea from the Ruhuna region in Sri Lanka
Sample provided by: P.M. David Silva & Sons
Twitter: @PMDTea
Link to New Vithanakande on P.M. David Silva & Sons website

About 15 years ago, a tea shop owner convinced me to try Vithanakande. I was a skint university student at the time, and forking over the money seemed painful, but it is a purchase that I’ll never regret. For me, Vithanakande is as good as black Ceylon tea gets, and I’m very grateful to PMD for sending me a sample!

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is made up of medium-sized, twisted leaves. Golden tips are scattered throughout and make it a very attractive dry leaf

– It has a sweet, jammy (berry-like) aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a light, copper-coloured liquor

– Like the dry leaf, the infused tea has a sweet, jammy aroma

– The liquor is medium-bodied, but packed full of flavour. It is sweet and has little astringency

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse three and half minutes with 95C water and drink without milk. I think this tea is too good and smooth to mask its flavours with milk

– I have never had a Vithanakande I didn’t like, but this one has got to be one of my favourite, if not my favourite. While the dry leaf looks different from the other ones that I’ve had (e.g. it is shorter and not as wiry), it is sweeter and fruitier

– This is a great tea for the summer months, as it is refreshing and light, and it would be fantastic made as a cold brew treat

Score:

4.75/5

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.90 / 50 grams for £7.50 / 250 grams for 29.00

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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