Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Selimbong Estate 2nd Flush

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Thumbs up!"The taste is crisp and clear with some astringency that seems to hit the sides of the tongue. The floral aroma has translated itself into a lingering sweetness that hangs about for quite a long time."
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serendipteaselimbongestate2ndflushAw, the first day of vacation. Could anything possible be sweeter? Well perhaps an excellent Darjeeling to add to the day. My sample today is a Darjeeling from Selimbong Estate. This tea was awarded ‘Super Star’ status from the prestigious Tea Board of India. I have to admit that I am really looking forward to tasting it.

My sample consists of little twists of tea leaves that are a dark espresso in coloring. Rather darker then what I would expect from a Darjeeling though I would be the first to admit that I am a newcomer to this variety of black teas. The aroma is surprising light and sweet with wisps of a floral aroma. I really wish I could pinpoint the flowers but all I can say it that it smells yummy.

I set up my TriniTea tea maker using a heaping tablespoon of leaves to 32 ounces of water. I set the water temp to just below boiling and a steep time of 3 minutes. At this point, I wanted to give SerendipiTea’s website kudos. They make a point of giving explicit brewing instructions for all of their teas. I really wish more sites would as I feel it really enhances the tea experience if one isn’t forced to guess the brewing parameters.

Once brewed, the floral aroma has faded away and the predominant aroma is now that ‘tea’ aroma that we are all familiar with along with a bit of malt. The taste is crisp and clear with some astringency that seems to hit the sides of the tongue. The floral aroma has translated itself into a lingering sweetness that hangs about for quite a long time.

This tea has a bit more of a bite then I like however the flavor itself almost makes it worth overlooking. I don’t think that I would stock in my personal collection however I can wholeheartedly recommend it. I just tend to be a wimp when it comes to a dry tea or wine for that matter.

— To purchase SerendipiTea Darjeeling Selimbong Estate 2nd Flush, 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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