Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Second Flush Seeyok Estate

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Thumbs up!"Malty, muscatel, and spicy notes; smooth yet complex flavor "
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serendipiteadarjeelingseeyokHaving been on a recent Darjeeling kick, I was more than happy to sample Serendipitea's second flush Seeyok Estate Darjeeling. According to the Serendipitea website, the Seeyok Estate is an award-winning Biodynamic estate. The dried tea leaves present themselves as broad yet curled leaves, mostly of the darker brown and black shades with an occasional green leaf thrown in for good measure. The leaves have a rich aroma suggesting malty, muscatel, and spicy notes. I followed Serendipitea's guidelines for preparing this tea, using below-boiling water and a two and a half minute steep time. The brewed tea was a bright reddish-brown color. This tea was very easy to sip mindlessly, but when I concentrated on it, I also picked up on a nice depth of flavor. The primary flavors were muscatel and roasty-fruity. The one thing I found off-putting about this tea was that I found that it had a rather heavy and flat finish. However, when I tried this as an iced tea, I didn't notice the heavy finish and actually found it to be rather refreshing. The subtle spiciness that was detected in the aroma of the dry leaves is even more subtle in the flavor, but added a nice layer to the overall flavor profile. Serendipitea's website alludes to a mild greenness in the flavor, but I have to say that I really didn't pick that up. To me, this tea's flavor was mostly black with perhaps just a minor element comparable to a Formosa oolong. I wouldn't rate this tea as the best second flush Darjeeling I have had, but I would certainly and happily accept a cup of this tea if it were offered to me. Anyone in the market for a moderately priced second flush Darjeeling with a smooth yet complex flavor might consider giving this tea a try.

— To purchase SerendipiTea Darjeeling Second Flush Seeyok 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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