Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"I picked up on very strong grass and spinach notes, with an oh-so-faint floral finish. Anyone who likes a strong green tea flavor would be impressed with this tea."|
As I sat down to sample my first cup of Serendipitea’s Darjeeling Singell Estate tea, I was fully expecting, from the looks of the leaves, a first flush Darjeeling black tea flavor. I was quite surprised to taste this tea and experience an entirely green tea flavor. The dried leaves possess shades of both dark brown and green, making it such that this tea could be identified as either a black or a green tea. After searching a bit on the Serendipitea website, I learned that this is actually a green tea. Lucky for me, I had still prepared the tea properly, as I typically use a traditional green tea approach (steaming water and a 2-3 minute infusion) on first-flush Darjeelings, which is what I had assumed this tea to be. Despite my prior confusion based on its name and appearance, this tea was, tastewise, entirely green in flavor. I picked up on very strong grass and spinach notes, with an oh-so-faint floral finish. The tea was fairly smooth, as green teas go, but there was no denying or hiding that spinach flavor. I personally didn’t love this tea, finding it a little too vegetal for my likings, but I do think that anyone who likes a strong green tea flavor would be impressed with this tea. I should note that I prepared a couple more cups of this tea, and these leaves, like many green teas, do seem a bit temperamental about being infused in water that is too hot, with the result being an unpleasant and bitter aftertaste. As a last comment, I will note that this tea is organic and fair-trade, making it something that you can feel good about drinking.
— To purchase SerendipiTea Darjeeling Singell Estate, 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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