Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

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Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby MEversbergII » Nov 22nd, '13, 09:56

I've only had a few "premium" black teas so far. I recently gave this one a try:

http://www.rishi-tea.com/product/ceylon ... /black-tea

The leaves appear to be good quality, unbroken, and have a fruit-heavy scent that makes me think of prunes.

I prepared it in this manner:

5.5g of tea leaf
250ml water, boiled, poured into a "kyusu" teapot
2m first infusion

It's actually very good. Aroma is very alluring when infused, and the resulting liquid is sweet, full and even throughout.

A second follow up infusion at 2m 30s with the same amount of boiled water is also appealing. Instead of becoming harsher like the Yunnanese tea that has most recently been my "black teas", it keeps a similar profile, though slightly weaker. I haven't had a chance to do a third infusion, so I might try that this weekend.

This tea, insofar as black tea goes, is not very tannic.

As you can tell, I'm awful at explaining my experience!

This is my first Ceylon tea. When getting into higher grade teas, my exposure to hongchas has been relatively limited compared to the others. I had been wanting to try some Indic-region produced teas and decided on this one over the Assam due to price.

This is not a tea that asks for anything to be added to it, as it's very satisfying on it's own. If you're thinking about trying it, I think it was a worthwhile experience.

M.

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby sriracha » Nov 22nd, '13, 10:09

If you'd like to try more Ceylon teas I can recommend Canton Tea Co's Amba Estate. One of the best Sri Lankan teas I've tried. =)

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby Tead Off » Nov 22nd, '13, 10:38

sriracha wrote:If you'd like to try more Ceylon teas I can recommend Canton Tea Co's Amba Estate. One of the best Sri Lankan teas I've tried. =)

Is this short for Ambagasdowa Estate?

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby sriracha » Nov 22nd, '13, 12:09

Tead Off wrote:
sriracha wrote:If you'd like to try more Ceylon teas I can recommend Canton Tea Co's Amba Estate. One of the best Sri Lankan teas I've tried. =)

Is this short for Ambagasdowa Estate?


I'm sorry, but I don't know. On the CTC website it just says 'Amba'.

http://www.cantonteaco.com/amba-estate-ceylon-tea.html

If you find out anything, please let me know. :)

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby sherubtse » Nov 22nd, '13, 14:47

Tead Off wrote:
sriracha wrote:If you'd like to try more Ceylon teas I can recommend Canton Tea Co's Amba Estate. One of the best Sri Lankan teas I've tried. =)

Is this short for Ambagasdowa Estate?


My guess is that it is Ambadandegama Estate, which also goes by the name of Amba Estate:

http://www.ambaestate.com/home

Best wishes,
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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby Tead Off » Nov 22nd, '13, 22:56

sherubtse wrote:
Tead Off wrote:
sriracha wrote:If you'd like to try more Ceylon teas I can recommend Canton Tea Co's Amba Estate. One of the best Sri Lankan teas I've tried. =)

Is this short for Ambagasdowa Estate?


My guess is that it is Ambadandegama Estate, which also goes by the name of Amba Estate:

http://www.ambaestate.com/home

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Thanks for that. Tea leaves look good, nothing like the Ambagasdowa I have.

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby sriracha » Nov 23rd, '13, 10:19

sherubtse wrote:
Tead Off wrote:
sriracha wrote:If you'd like to try more Ceylon teas I can recommend Canton Tea Co's Amba Estate. One of the best Sri Lankan teas I've tried. =)

Is this short for Ambagasdowa Estate?


My guess is that it is Ambadandegama Estate, which also goes by the name of Amba Estate:

http://www.ambaestate.com/home

Best wishes,
sherubtse


Looking at your link I see Beverly Wainwright mentioned both there and at Canton Teas, so I believe you are right. Thanks!

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby sherubtse » Dec 20th, '13, 08:05

Here ia an article that gives some background on Amba & Beverley:

http://www.cantonteaco.com/blog/2013/12 ... led-green/

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby MEversbergII » Dec 20th, '13, 09:35

Ah yes, I first heard about here here: http://teaguardian.com/tea-selection-gu ... rRXhPuE6jc

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby Tead Off » Mar 16th, '14, 22:59

What was the verdict on the Ambadandegama estate tea? I notice it is sold at www.teahong.com with one very glowing review and a stellar description by Leo, the teamaster at Teahong.

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby MEversbergII » Mar 17th, '14, 21:41

Unfortunately I haven't had that one. I haven't actually been able to order from TeaHong in about a year now. Shipping -starts- at about 18USD which, at my current budget, hasn't been justifiable. Once I get a quantity of tea to make the shipping worth while, I'm usually looking at about $50 in shipping charges :shock:

However, I trust Leo's judgement, so if he's marketing it there's probably good quality.

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Re: Rishi's "Single Estate" Ceylon

Postby Tead Off » Mar 18th, '14, 00:36

I've never had what I consider to be a good Sri Lankan tea, but this one seems to be in another class according to the photos and write up that Leo gives it. I've been ordering teas from them and like their selections, especially the Yancha and Dancong teas. I would also agree that the shipping is somewhat on the high side even for me in Asia!

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