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
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’
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
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.