Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Second Flush Seeyok Estate

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Thumbs up!"As I sipped, I was aware of a silvery sweetness on the tip of my tongue, with notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and honey down the center and sides. The finish was sweet, lightly astringent, and refreshing. "
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serendipiteadarjeelingseeyokThe Seeyok Estate, an award-winning Fair Trade Biodynamic tea garden, was established in 1869 and is located near the Indo-Nepalese border. “Biodynamic” is a word that crops up a lot these days, in relation to how tea is farmed. A little research reveals that the term and method were created by Rudolf Steiner in Poland in the 1920s. Soil quality was poor, livestock health was declining, and farmers were desperate to find a new method to improve yields. Steiner put forth a theory that in essence became the root of organic farming. He believed in a unity between farm animals, plants and the soil, and that a balanced “closed circuit” between the three would benefit all. Everything produced on the farm was used on the farm: animal waste for fertilizer, part of the crop for animal feed. Manure and compost are used, rather than artificial chemicals, as well as fermented herbal and mineral preparations as compost additives and field sprays, and an astronomical sowing and planting calendar.

But back to the tea at hand. The leaves of this SerendipiTea offering are very dark, nearly black, with lots of lighter tips and have a faint muscatel and black tea aroma. I infused a teaspoon of the leaf in 8 oz of 190F water for three minutes. The resulting liquor was a medium copper color, with an intensely sweet, floral, chocolaty muscatel aroma that really surprised me, after the mildness of the dry leaf, although it is a classic second flush characteristic. As I sipped, I was aware of a silvery sweetness on the tip of my tongue, with notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and honey down the center and sides. The finish was sweet, lightly astringent, and refreshing. The chocolate and honey lingered in my mouth, with lots of floral muscatel fragrance. If this is an example of biodynamic farming, then I am all for it! The flavor was not as strong as some Darjeelings I have tasted, but it was still delightful. With this tea, at least, biodynamics did a great job!

— 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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