REVIEW: P.M. David Silva & Sons – Craighead

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Tea: Black tea from the Craighead tea estate in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka
Sample provided by: P.M. David Silva & Sons
Twitter: @PMDTea
Link to Craighead on PMD website

Dry leaf:

– It is a medium-sized, slightly curly dry leaf

– The leaves have a faint sweet aroma

Infused tea:

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

– Like the dry leaf, the liquor has a faint sweet aroma

– The liquor has classic Ceylon characteristics: it’s fresh, has a slight astringent finish, medium-bodied, a good balance between sweet and malty flavours

Tips/conclusions:

– I think this tea can be equally enjoyed with or without milk. Infuse three and half to four minutes to take without milk. Increase the infusion time to four and half to five minutes to take with milk

– Many Ceylon teas that have ‘classic Ceylon characteristics’ turn me off because of their finish and aftertaste. The body is good, but I feel like many leave an unpleasant, overly astringent, coffee-like aftertaste in my mouth. I am happy to report that this tea is great from beginning to end. It is smooth, has well-balanced flavours and a pleasant aftertaste! Its versatility (i.e. you can take it with or without milk) is a big bonus for me too. Without milk, it is a sturdy afternoon cup of tea to pick you up. With milk, it can serve as a slightly lighter morning cuppa that is packed full of fresh flavours

– I would suggest trying this tea as a cold brew

Score:

4.5/5

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.80 / 50 grams for £7.35 / 250 grams  for £28.00

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About teaxplorer

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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