Review: Drink the Leaf Organic Selimbong Estate FTGFOP1 2nd Flush

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Thumbs up!"This Tea is very approachable, I would say even to those who generally couldn't stand Black tea. The tannins are rich, but not very strong, and nowhere near overpowering, they're more complex than potent."
Troy’s Teaview: 9/10
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drinkleafftgfop1.jpgFirst one thing, I will not expand FTGFOP1 for you to pad this review. Instead I encourage you to look up "Orange Pekoe" at Wikipedia and learn a bit about tea leaf grading, its interesting, if overly-complicated and largely about making some teas sound better than they are. The Grading structure is solely based on the shape and origin of the leaves on the plant, and have nothing to say of the plants Terroir (which I usually downplay, but which is still important), the varietal, or the method of production. That stated, all this designation does tell us is that this tea is mostly whole leaf tips and buds (not sure what they do with the rest of the leaf when making "tippy" teas)

This is an estate tea, meaning its from a single estate's tea garden in Darjeeling, and not a blend of teas from the region. The aroma of Honey and roasted chestnuts mentioned at the Drink The Leaf website are present in both the dry and wet leaves, although there is a rich floral undertone that seems to carry the whole thing quite nicely. As I generally like to do with black teas, I munched a few leaves. Since tea doesn't stay crispy in milk I doubt it will ever overtake Cheerios as my munching of choice, but it does tell me a bit about the flavor in an overloaded head rush short of way. It had a very peppery taste, like bright red peppercorns, which usually speaks of a complex, slightly spicy, and somewhat fruitish blend.

In the resulting infusion the peppercorns were still there, albeit very much muted from the dry leaf, followed by Merlot quality Tannins, and the slight dry fruity flavor of a good Muscatel. This Tea is very approachable, I would say even to those who generally couldn't stand Black tea. The tannins are rich, but not very strong, and nowhere near overpowering, they're more complex than potent. This is a black tea that also goes exceedingly well with milk, the white elixir taking from it the wine like tones, and replacing them with a spice complexity you generally don't see in Tea at this price range. It has a certain herbal sweetness that creates a vague sense of Indian Masala. It doesn't even really need sweetener of any sort. A genuinely great tea in my humble opinion.

— To purchase Drink the Leaf Organic Selimbong Estate FTGFOP1 2nd Flush, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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