Review: Davidson’s Tea Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"These leaves are flavourful enough to be enjoyed absentmindedly but pausing to take notice reveals a complex and intricate tableau."
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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This delicate offering is organic, as are all of Davidson's teas. Unfortunately their convoluted website doesn't provide much more information beyond that. Doing a bit of poking around online I see that the Seeyok estate was established in 1869 and is located between 1100m to 1800m above sea level, in the Mirik valley of Darjeeling. At a glance, the smallish leaves are a mixture of chocolaty browns and grayish-green tans. Their scent has a hint of muscatel to it, along with a subtle floral sweetness reminiscent of the perfume of apple and pear blossoms. This bodes well!

Being a first flush, I decided to infuse the leaves in slightly cooler water. I brewed one generous teaspoon of leaves in water heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 3 and a half minutes. The toffee-coloured cup is indeed delicate and gentle. The flavour profile seesaws between sweet, malty tones and brinier toasted bread ones. The fruity finish reminds me of the scent of green apples, mixed with fresh-tasting grass notes. There is a floral dimension present throughout as well, but it's elusive and hard to pinpoint at times - it's certainly not what dominates the cup. A second, 4 minute steep produces a cup that is still pleasantly sweet and malty. However it feels a little thin to be truly satisfying. If I were to re-steep again, I would brew the leaves for another minute at least, to get more oomph out of them.

These leaves are flavourful enough to be enjoyed absentmindedly but pausing to take notice reveals a complex and intricate tableau. This is a reasonably priced, high quality tea. It's definitely good value when one considers it's organic. I would recommend this satisfying tea to those looking for a gently fruity Darjeeling.

— 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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