Today, I will be focusing on the OP1 grade of black tea produced by the Greenwood Tea Estate, located in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. For more information on the Greenwood Tea Estate, please read my previous review of the FBOPF EXSP Black Tea. You can also visit Greenwood Tea Estate on Facebook, and Instagram.
This OP1 grade black tea was grown at an altitude of 2,000 feet above sea level, qualifying this as a mid-altitude Ceylon tea.
Let’s get to the review…
The dry leaves have a uniform dark charcoal gray to black color, with a few stems having a dark copper color. The leaves are all medium size fragments, as expected with an OP1 grade. The leaves are hand-picked (orthodox) and machine rolled, giving a uniform appearance all around. The leaves are a proper size for the grade OP1, not being as large overall as OPA, or as small as BOP. There are very few bare stems in the mix. The aroma is very pleasant and not overpowering, with scents of roses, cherrywood, Ceylon cinnamon, and dried cranberries.
Nine grams of dry leaves were placed in an 18 ounce (530 ml) cast-iron tetsubin teapot, and infused with 200°F water for 3:00 minutes.
The liquid has a bright, attractive orange-red color. The aroma has scents of Ceylon cinnamon, roses, and light malt. The body is medium, with a lively, layered texture, and a pleasant briskness. The taste has notes of Ceylon cinnamon, roses, touches of lemon and malt, and very light touch of forest floor. The aftertaste is sweet, with lingering notes of Ceylon cinnamon, which evolves into a gentle rose note as time persists.
The infused leaves have a uniform copper-brown color. The leaves are all medium sized, fairly uniform shaped fragments, with a few bare stems in the mix. The leaves have a soft, smooth, wet thin leather feel. The aroma carries the scents of roses, forest floor, and Ceylon cinnamon.
The OP1 Ceylon Black Tea from Greenwood Tea Estate is a good representation of the high quality black teas produced in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. The presence of the Ceylon cinnamon aroma and taste is not surprising (but certainly welcome!), considering that Greenwood Estate also produces Ceylon cinnamon. I have come to love the softer, more luxurious taste of Ceylon cinnamon compared to the standard cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon) that we are used to in the U.S. This OP1 grade is a good every day drinking quality of tea. The strength of the flavor is mild enough to be enjoyed without milk or other additives, but is strong enough to be an effective morning tea. The same serving of leaves gives two good infusions. This could also make for an excellent iced tea.
Thank you very much to Greenwood Tea Estate for providing this sample of their OP1 grade Black Tea. Thank you to my readers for taking your time to learn about this product. Cheers!