This fine organic black tea hails from the Indian state of Kerala, in the southern tip of the Indian peninsula grown amid lush rainforests. The infusion boasts a bright body with tangy sweet-n-sour notes that evaporate quickly in the mouth and medium astringency. It is produced as part of an experimental Small Farmers Tea Project, which works with many small organic farmers in South India who combine their leaves in a shared manufacturing facility for production. In India, most tea growers also own and operate their own tea manufacturing facility, which can be very costly. As a result, the creation of this unusual shared facility (unusual for India, but not necessarily unusual for other areas of the world's tea production) gives our customers a Fair Trade Certified, small farmer alternative for organic Indian tea!
Ingredients: organic Indian black tea
Serving Size: one rounded teaspoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Our South Indian Black Tea reminds me of a sunny, late summer day and replaces our previous Singampatti Oothu Estate Black Tea.
Posted by Benjamin Hartwick on 31st Mar 2015
One of the first things I notice about this tea is the smell! To me it smells like unburnt pipe tobacco. It has a comforting sweet smell of syrup of some sort, but not cloying at all. Having said that, my taste buds must be defunct because upon tasting the brewed tea, “sweet” is not the first adjective that comes to mind and yet many others who have reviewed this tea before me describe it as sweet. Perhaps I just equate “sweet” with “floral,” and if sweetness is a quality of this tea, then it’s sweetness is not floral but something more akin to molasses. In any event, there is certainly nothing bitter about it. It’s warm and comforting, but for me it is not an ideal tea to have first thing in the morning. I need more body first thing in the morning. I find myself switching to this by midmorning or early afternoon on a day when I am, for whatever reason, not craving Darjeeling. It has become one of my core go-to black teas. It could easily become an every day tea for me like Assam has become. Jeremy said that this tea was a bridge between the Assam and the Darjeeling first flush. I agree that it is similar to the Assam, although less malty, but I do not taste anything in it that alludes to the Darjeeling first flush. For me it lacks the floral quality that would allow for this comparison. If you’re looking for an every day black tea, this one is worth trying.
Posted by Rajan on 6th May 2014
This makes a wonderful morning brew but works just as well in the evenings, unlike the English Breakfast that is definitely for me only a morning starter. I like my Black slightly sweetened with a teaspoon of maple syrup but I figure this beauty would be fine without that addition. On a side note, I really like Arbor Teas - Organic, Fair Trade, Loose leaf and quick deliveries. My enjoyment of tea has increased manifold since I became a regular customer. Thanks!
Posted by Sam K on 13th Nov 2013
This was possible the mildest black tea I've ever had. There was a slight sweetness but not much flavor. Next time I brew it I'm going to steep it longer (I brewed the first pot a full 5 minutes).
Not bad tea, just nothing special.
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Sep 2013
The other reviews are spot on it terms of a unique sweetness. Im amazed though this is "Black tea". It reminds me of oolong type teas but still good none the less. If your looking for a good strong cup of black tea id take a gander elsewhere
Posted by Joe P. on 2nd May 2013
Deeply satisfying, rich dark carmel notes, similar to brown rice syrup or malt syrup. Delicious tea over ice. One of my new favorite black teas!
Posted by Lauren on 20th Mar 2013
Out of the ones I've tried, this is my favorite tea from Arbor Teas. It's rich, full-bodies, light on the astringency with a hint of sweet. Delicious!
Posted by Andrew Coury on 5th Mar 2013
This is one of my favorite teas as well. I find that steeping for the recommended 3 minutes leaves an astringency (though not bitterness) that requires milk. Steeping for only one minute, or steeping the leaves a second time reveals a full bodied sweetness, coupled with a spiciness reminiscent of vanilla or allspice. This makes for a very pleasant mid-morning tea.
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Jan 2012
This is one of my favorite teas, I always make sure to have some on hand to get through a tough work day. It has a distinctive sweet flavor (but not cloying or anything) that I've never experienced elsewhere. Highly recommended!
Posted by Bill Edwards on 26th Oct 2008
My adult son gives it a 5 but 3 from me averages a four. I am just more of a green fan. this is a wonderful full bodied black but I could not appreciate anything distinct about it. My son just said "this is great". He has good taste so give it a try!
Posted by Unknown on 12th Aug 2008
This is one of my favorite Black Teas. It has a very unique soft flavor and is almost sweet as described. It truly is a delight drinking this.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one rounded teaspoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.