The taste of New Vithanakande is very "round" and satisfying a great tea for afternoon enjoyment. We love the look of the black leaf with a silver streak running through it.
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This tea is made in the low altitude Ratnpura district which mostly makes undistinguished teas. New Vithanakande is a wonderful exception. The Pilapitiya family has carefully made better and better teas for the past decade. It appears that they have learned from the best Chinese tea makers; they have slowed the process down and include steps like processing with mists of water. This allows the fatty acids found inside the tea leaves to fall apart and recombine into compounds that taste like apricots and chocolate.
Narrow, twisted, very dark brown leaf segments about 1/3 of an inch long, with fine silver tips mixed in. It is very rare (maybe unique) to have both black leaves and silver tips. Most times the tips would be golden.
This tea is a lovely blend of honey, unsweetened chocolate, and faint apricot notes.
New Vithanakande is a mouth-filling tea. A real treat.
An intense blend of unsweetened chocolate tempered by a honey sweetness and a bit fruit.