Single Origin Teas has quite an interesting collection of teas from various parts of the world: China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Japan, Nepal, Morocco and South Africa. I tend to drink quite a bit of unflavored Chinese teas, so I was more than happy to give some Sri Lanka tea a go!
Idulgashinna Ceylon Green tea has a soft, hay scent. The dry leaf consists of tightly pinched needles of brown and green tinted leaf.
Well, Idulgashinna Ceylon Green tea didn’t come with steeping instructions. I peaked around the internet and it seems a standard suggestion of steeping a Green Ceylon is 175f to 185f for 1 to 3 minutes. I steeped Idulgashinna Ceylon Green tea in my gravity steeper with 175f filtered water for 2 minutes.
Slight floral and fruit fragrance from the steeped cup of pale gold Idulgashinna Ceylon Green tea.
Tasting of Idulgashinna Ceylon Green Tea
This cup needed a couple minutes to rest, I found when I sipped right away the flavor was on the bitter side. Once cooled, the flavors settled. The tea sips in slightly sweet with a rich, yet moderate flavor intensity. There is an interesting mix of grass and lychee notes here. The lychee note here is a cross between the scent of the fruit, as well as that lingering milky sweet flavor. Interestingly, some lychee sips taste almost savory against the grassy notes. Idulgashinna Ceylon Green finishes off with a stronger grassy note that punches a little bitterness, a 2/10 on the bitter-o-meter. The aftertaste in this tea is a strong floral lychee apricot blend that is quite nice. Hoot.
Resteep: Whoa, what a resteep! I did a 2.5 minute resteep of Idulgashinna Ceylon Green tea and it came out unexpectedly good! The tea has mellowed a bit, but still lots of flavor. The lychee becomes the main note, though tastes as if all the milkyness of the lychee fruit is extracted into this tea! Along with that lychee is a slight floral flavor. There is a slight grassy bitterness end of sip, similar to the first steeping, but also a slight dryness, 1/10 on the Astringe-0-meter. The aftertaste is still present.
Idulgashinna Ceylon Green tea is an interesting green tea. I found it a great change of pace compared to other lighter, delicate, buttery, vegetal green teas from China and Japan. The lychee, milky and floral notes sound delicate, but the flavor is not – quite a strong flavor for a green, plus a stern grassy note and a slight bitterness that adds strength to this tea.
I’d personally play a bit more with steeping times, but overall, Idulgashinna Ceylon Green is a tasty tea that shows off a good green tea doesn’t have to come from China or Japan.
(tea provided for review)