Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Selimbong Estate 2nd Flush

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Thumbs up!"This tea has an engaging complexity of flavor that is really a pleasure to savor. Prominent woody notes start out and then wane, giving way to bright, lightly floral and freshly astringent tastes touched with sweetness. "
Jamie’s Teaview: 8/10
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serendipteaselimbongestate2ndflushThe dry leaf of Serendipitea's second flush offering from the Selimbong Estate has a sweet, lush scent replete with sparky notes of dry fruit and woody hints that draw the soon to be drinker in from the start. The leaves are short, dark and wiry - basically black in color but shot through with pale, golden olive leaves for contrast.

I used a teaspoon of this pleasant smelling leaf per 8 ounces of water heated to just beneath boiling. The color is a pleasing copper, on the darker side with good flavor immediately evident. The taste is dry and sweet with lingering woody notes (perhaps oaky would be more appropriate) popping alongside grainy notes that fused with something akin to dried fruit. The tea is distinctly dry, right from the get go, with a nice lingering flavor tending toward the woody.

As I am coming to expect with many teas, especially Darjeelings, interesting things develop taste wise with this offering as the tea temperature changes. With the slightest cooling underway, brighter dry notes start to perk up. Fruity notes are still not super prominent but the woody notes that were so forward with my first sips of the hot tea are changing shape. Continued cooling allows a bright and somewhat astringent but very pleasing and sophisticated tone to step forward. The brightness could almost be construed as a certain bittersweet component; a somewhat floral tinge with nice astringency closes each sip nicely. Now the lingering flavor is a sweet and dry one, but the woody notes have really been subdued.

This tea has an engaging complexity of flavor that is really a pleasure to savor. Prominent woody notes start out and then wane, giving way to bright, lightly floral and freshly astringent tastes touched with sweetness. This is an enjoyable cup! I didn't find this tea to need any sweetener, but I tried my next sample cup using the same brewing parameters and just a light sweetening (I used about half of what I usually use when sweetening tea). This tea can handle some sweetener just fine and retains a great deal of taste interest even with sweetener added. It's another wonderful cup. A little more subdued in taste variation and a little smoother overall, the tea tastes light, sweet and bright with a nearly tingling brightness to it that speaks of dryness, astringency and has a sweet floral quality that is to a limited degree reminiscent of dried fruit. I note a total absence of woody or oak like qualities in the sweetened cup, and I find this a drawback as I really enjoyed that aspect of my first sample cup. Again, changes develop as the cup matures, just a bit more homogenized by the presence of a little stevia. The lightly sweetened cup mellows in flavor as well, with prominent notes being dryness with lots of honey sweet notes throughout. I ultimately preferred the unsweetened cup of this Second Flush...it seemed more untamed and I like the multifaceted flavor profiles of Darjeelings, but sweetened, this tea still shines!

I really enjoyed this delightful second flush from Selimbong Estate. It seems a very dependable and enjoyable offering with good flavor.

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