Price: $5 for 1oz; $16 for 3.5oz.
Vendor: Plucker’s Pick
Brewing Method: 1 teaspoon of leaves (about 2.5-3 grams), 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 200°F-210°F, steeped for 4-5 minutes.
Overall Score: 4.9 out of 5
Ceylon BOP or Broken Orange Pekoe is a specific grade of tea from the Brunswick garden in Ceylon. As you can see, the leaves are finely broken, but not necessarily in the form of dust. The site of the leaves is rather dark, but I do see some pretty light brown specs in there. The aroma of the dry leaves is fantastic. It is not very pungent, but when you do get a whiff it is very earthy and malty.
The aroma may be light, but the taste is not. The taste is hearty and brisk. Like most black teas, this is a full bodied brew. It is not bitter or astringent. The pleasant aftertaste lasts quite a while.
I heart Ceylon tea! The reason I like Ceylon over other blacks, like Assam for example, is because it is a very hearty and stimulating tea, but it is not too harsh on the palate. It is not smoky or spicy. Ceylon teas have so much character while not being too strong at the same time. Because of this, Ceylon teas can stand up well to milk or sugar, but it is not necessarily needed.
I am totally making me another cuppa!
P.S. There are more pictures of Plucker's Pick Ceylon BOP tea on my flickr page.