TEA REVIEWS: Two 2015 teas available at What-Cha

What-Cha - Rohini 2015
What-Cha just got these two 2015 teas in, and I feel very honoured to taste these teas just weeks after their picking!

First off, I’m going with a Ceylon tea that was harvested on 18 February at the Amba Tea Estate. Second, I’ll be trying a Darjeeling from the Rohini Tea Estate that was harvested during the first week of February. Both smell unbelievably fresh and look beautiful – let’s get to tasting.

Ceylon Amba Hand-Rolled


Tea and origin: Black tea (GFOP1) from the Amba Tea Estate, UVA, Sri Lanaka
Harvest: 18 February 2015
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Amba

Tasting notes

Dry leafFull, wiry leaves with some golden tips scattered throughout. Jammy aroma

Wet leaf: Sweet, jammy aroma

Liquor colour: Light orange

Liquor aroma: Sweet, jammy

Liquor flavour: Sweet, fruity, plummy. Medium-bodied, mild astringency, lingering sweet aftertaste

Infusion method: Glass teapot, 3 to 5 grams of tea, 200ml of 90C water, infusion times: 1 to 2 minutes, 3 infusions


I am extremely picky about Ceylon teas. I am particularly sensitive to the aftertaste of many. They start off fine, but end horribly. I do, however, run into a Ceylon that really catches my attention. This Amba is one. It isn’t as brisk as many, but it is refreshing and loaded with complex flavours.

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.25 / 50 grams for £7.50 / 100 grams for £13.95


Darjeeling 1st Flush 2015 Rohini ‘Jethi Kupi’

Tea and origin: First flush Darjeeling tea (FTGFOP1) from the Rohini Tea Estate
Harvest: First week of February 2015
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Rohini ‘Jethi Kupi’

Tasting notes

Dry leafMedium-sized curly leaves that have an earthy, woody aroma

Wet leaf: Sweet, grassy, floral

Liquor colour: Light to dark green to golden, depending on infusion number

Liquor aroma: Citrus notes

Liquor flavour: Sweet, citrus, sweet, grassy and floral flavours come through in all the infusions (see more below). It is medium-bodied, has mild astringency, a thick mouthfeel and lingering floral aftertaste. The liquor has a dry finish

Infusion method: Glass teapot, 3 to 5 grams of tea, 200ml of 85 to 90C water, infusion times: 1m 15s, 1m 30s, 2m, 3 infusions


This tea has great complexity. Early infusions are sweet. Later infusions are grassy and have more classic floral flavours that I associate with a first flush. It is very smooth, and not as dry as many first flushes.

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.40 / 50 grams for £8 / 100 grams for £14.88

Overall comments

Whilst both of these teas are really worth trying, I have to admit that I was blown away by the Amba. I loved the sweet, fruity notes. Quality oozes from this tea. The Rohini also shouldn’t be missed, though. I loved the grassy to floral flavours that came out.

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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