Black Teas that won't break the bank (for iced tea)...


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Postby tmikuckis » Feb 10th, '08, 16:56

I also like Adagio's Ceylon Sonata as a base for iced tea.
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Postby Salsero » Feb 10th, '08, 17:26

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.
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Postby fightingdestiny » Feb 18th, '08, 01:22

I find ceylons a little bitter, so I usually stick with Assam. Adagio's Darjeeling #22 is also good and not too expensive.
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Postby Pentox » Feb 18th, '08, 03:35

I wonder what kind of an iced tea some Castleton Darjeeling SFTGFOP would make. j/k.
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Feb 18th, '08, 03:44

Pentox wrote:I wonder what kind of an iced tea some Castleton Darjeeling SFTGFOP would make. j/k.


Actually, it's quite good. :)

I don't usually make tea with the intention of icing it, but if I have some that cools because I get sidetracked, I'll throw some ice in there. Iced darjeeling is great, IMO.
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Postby Pentox » Feb 18th, '08, 04:21

Scruff McGruff wrote:
Pentox wrote:I wonder what kind of an iced tea some Castleton Darjeeling SFTGFOP would make. j/k.


Actually, it's quite good. :)

I don't usually make tea with the intention of icing it, but if I have some that cools because I get sidetracked, I'll throw some ice in there. Iced darjeeling is great, IMO.


I would imagine it would, but the trick is finding some. I don't think i've seen Castleton SFTGFOP yet.
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Postby Trioxin » Mar 7th, '08, 08:08

I've yet to subject Castleton to ice but I have tried Namring FTGFOP1 over the cold. Not bad. Normally though I use Kenilworth Ceylon for my iced teas. Makes a very good iced tea and won't break the bank.
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