Review: Davidson’s Tea Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"The flavor is smooth with a subtle green crispness; a perfect balance of black and green flavors"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9/10
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Once again, the Davidson's Tea website has proven to be awkwardly arranged. When I started brewing my sample of their Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling, I went online to their website to try to find more information on this particular tea. Their website is arranged with the most unintuitive categories and I have to admit almost total failure at being able to navigate to the page I was interested in finding. Finally, after no less than seven minutes of clicking random links, I stumbled upon the description of Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling, which is very brief: "Golden leaf, rich brown color and flavor with slight floral uplift.". The dry leaves are a pleasant mix of browns, blacks, and greens. The dry leaf smells like a nice balance of black and green tea aromas. I prepared two different cups of this tea, using different amounts of leaves. Both cups proved to be highly delicious. This tea is a great example of why Darjeeling tea is often called 'the champagne of teas'. The flavor is smooth with a subtle green crispness. I have found that some first flush Darjeelings are very "green" in flavor, but this offering is a perfect balance of black and green flavors. As I mentioned earlier, I experimented with different leaf volumes. This tea does not seem finicky, as both were prefectly drinkable. The first cup, which used a smaller amount of leaves, was, as can be expected, a little more dilute and I noticed a fruity flavor, probably most comparable to raisins. The second cup, which used more leaves, had a stronger body and I also picked up on subtle smoky notes. Either way, I enjoyed this tea. This is a tea I would drink on a routine basis, and this is one I would recommend to others without hesitation. If you are in the market for a first flush Darjeeling, this is definitely one you should consider. Lastly, I should note that this tea, like all of Davidson's teas, is organic, giving you one more thing to feel good about while drinking a delicious cup!

— To purchase Davidson’s Tea Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling, 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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