Review: American Tea Room Organic Avongrove FTGFOP1

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Thumbs up!"The flavor was soft, rich, and astringent, tasting of spice, fresh grapes, and chocolate. The finish was delicate, dry, and full of mellow tannins."
Lynn’s Teaview: 9.5/10
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atravongriveThe Avongrove tea estate is located in India's Darjeeling district, of course, overlooking the Balasum River. The tea is hand plucked by fifteen-person teams and processed in a traditional manner in their on-site factory. Darjeeling is blessed with a wonderful combination of weather and geography, a unique terroir—high peaks, cold winters, summer monsoons—that produces a delicate, flowery tea like no other.

This offering from American Tea Room is a second flush FTGFOP1 (Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe—a medium whole leaf). The experience began when I opened the packet and sniffed. The long, stylish, twisted dark olive leaves were well sprinkled with lighter tips, and had a wonderful fresh, sweet, tobacco black tea aroma, with notes of dark chocolate and a whiff of wine.

I brewed a teaspoon of dry leaf in 8 oz of 195F water for three minutes, which gave up a bright coppery liquor with a sweet fresh fragrance. The flavor was soft, rich, and astringent, tasting of spice, fresh grapes, and chocolate. The finish was delicate, dry, and full of mellow tannins. The flavor intensified nicely as it cooled.

I did a second infusion of four minutes and was rewarded with another bright, crystal clear copper liquor. The flavor was slightly flattened, not as sweet and intense, but nicely drying. I'd call this a reasonably good double brew tea.

Overall, I was very pleased with this tea. The quality is very high, a good example of type, and organic, too. Darjeelings truly are the "champagne of teas." Highly recommended.

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