A wet fern grove. That is what the aroma of Green Ceylon OP reminds me of. The spent leaves smell a bit more wet and pulpy. I wish i knew which Estate or Garden in Sri Lanka this tea was produced in, but all I know is that it’s from Uva. It’s definitely not Idulgashinna though, that much i can tell you just by looking at the loose leaf (a beautiful montage of curly full-leaf).
Green Ceylon OP also kind of tastes like a fern. That is to say, it tastes peaty and mossy, similar to an earthy Pu-erh. Harsh and brisk, Green Ceylon OP has an astringent, barky flavor with a bitter grassy note. Green Ceylon OP has a complex high grit (though it’s possible i corrupted the test results a bit by having Light of Day Organics’ Yunnan Gold (an incredibly vibrant tea if ever there was one in my infuser right before this one). The pale moon-like green-gold liquor cups well: a few hundred particles slipped through my fine infuser.
It’s actually kind of a rare for me to find a simple OP that’s grown orthodox full leaf, but that’s what we have here. An absolutely terrific tea given that “handicap”. Also of note, Green Ceylon OP can no longer be purchased on TeaGschwendner’s site (if it ever was), but it is still available from TeaHaus (which, if you didn’t realize by now is local and awesome)!
- Aroma – 93
- Taste – 93
- Texture – 94
- Spunk – 92
- Price – 91
- Availability – 94
- Appearance – 93
Mean score – 93%
Not bad at all. Quite an impressive tea all around considering it scores to only an Orange Pekoe.