Chip wrote:I am partial to high grown Ceylons vs the ordinary Ceylons. High grown almost always has more character.
I recently got a sample of a Vithanakande Estate Ceylon from the Ratnapura region of Sri Lanka, a low area. I have found it to be a stunning alternative to the problematic Assams I keep going through.
The vendor wrote:a complex tea that seems to combine ... traits of Ceylons, Assams, and ... China Black (such as Golden Monkey). Medium bodied with fruity, biscuity and honey-chocolate notes.
And I must say I find none of the usual exaggeration in that description. It's not at all like the lemony, light high grown Nuwara Eliya Ceylons. It brews to a dark red color and I found it to have a little more citrus than an Assam and not as malty, but a similarly "big," strong full flavor.
I wouldn't suggest it particularly for iced tea (which I don't drink). For any given tea it seems like there is someone out there who likes to ice it. Of course, Ceylons seem to be the most usual choice.