Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"A wonderful example of a first flush Darjeeling. The flavor of this tea is sweet and muscatel-like, with flowery and fruity notes evident. "|
Tea Palace's First Flush Organic Monteviot 2009 is, to me, a wonderful example of a first flush Darjeeling. This tea has all of the qualities of a good Darjeeling and lacks the bitterness, the one attribute common to many Darjeelings and which can be rather off-putting. The dried leaves are various shades of dark green and brown, and appear to be quite fresh (as they should be, considering this is a 2009 harvest!). Both the dry leaves and the brewed tea are highly aromatic, with honey and floral notes being most prominent. The flavor of this tea is sweet and muscatel-like, with flowery and fruity notes evident. This tea was not overly complex, but it did have me busy exploring all of its nuances. Tea Palace's website suggests using below-boiling water with this tea, and I would 100% agree. The use of too hot water might allow a bitter flavor to rear its ugly head. Tea Palace also suggests enjoying this tea with milk. For me, I've never even considered adding milk to a Darjeeling, as I think the creamy flavor would clash with the muscatel and floral notes, but for those that like milk in their tea, this may be worth trying.
This wasn't my favorite tea of all time, but as Darjeelings go, this is a great tea. I would recommend this tea to others, and will consider buying some for myself as well. This tea is a bit pricier (roughly $24 US dollars for a 125 gram caddy) than other Darjeelings I have had, but since it is an organic, hand-picked, high-quality tea, I think the price is reasonable.
— To purchase Tea Palace Organic First Flush Monteviot 2009, 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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