Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Singell Estate

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Thumbs up!"The aroma for it was unlike any black tea; shades of spearmint, olive leave, and grass. All familiar traits for a green tea. I'm glad I looked beforehand."
Geoff’s Teaview: 7.6/10
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When I first read the name of this Darjeeling from the (pun-tastically named) Singell Estate, I assumed it was a first flush Darjeeling. Even upon seeing the sample, I assumed as much. The leaves were curly, dark green, but with flecks of brown in the mix. It wasn't until looking at SerendipiTea's tea profile that I learned it was actually a Darjeeling green. That sort of made sense.

The aroma for it was unlike any black tea; shades of spearmint, olive leave, and grass. All familiar traits for a green tea. I'm glad I looked beforehand. All said, it was pleasant to look at and possessed a relaxing scent. Forest-like, for sure.

Brewing instructions, however, were the same for Darjeeling blacks. The vendor site recommended 195F water and a three-minute steep. I didn't buy that. Green teas should be dealt a lighter touch. I went with 1 tsp infused in 8oz of 170F water for three minutes.

At a lighter infusion temp, the liquor brewed to a pale gold. It appeared rather murky on face value. Mouthpiece aroma was vegetal but not spinachy. To the taste, I must admit that it sold me. This had some of the grassy elements associated with most greens but held up in the flavor department; albeit with no known subtlety. I also appreciated that it had a honey-like texture with an almond caress. Much appreciated. A solid green tea comparable to a decent Longjing.

Tea Tip: Ignore the 195F water temp recommendation. That "might" spinach the brew for some.

— 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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