|"I would certainly buy it again...if I could find it on the site."|
From a consumer standpoint - an e-Layman one, especially - this is to their detriment. If this review serves any purpose, I hope that it helps them rethink the format of their website; it's ridiculous in its Escher-esque complexity. It really says something when - to look up a tea - I had to peruse Amazon to garner any info.
From what little I could gather from other sources, Samabeong is one of the more famous Darjeeling tea estates. Like many, they switched over to an organic model, and their green teas - like other Darjeeling greens - are known for their mostly-mellow flavor. To date, I've only had three Darjeeling greens - two from Arya and one from Seeyok. Until this sample, I hadn't heard of Samabeong. The leaves themselves looked like a first flush black on appearance. Their aroma betrayed an odd combination of citrus and spice. By the name "Monsoon Green", I assumed this was picked during the monsoon flush - the period between the second and autumnal picking seasons.
Since I gave up on the website for any practical information, I had to chance my own brewing with this. Green tea default was usually 1 tsp in 8oz of 170F water for three minutes. Darjeeling greens were a tad heartier than their Chinese cousins, but I wasn't in a risky mood and stuck with the safest route to deliciousness.
As expected, the infusion brewed on the lighter side of green-yellow with a faint grassy, citrus nose. I also detected some of the musky spiciness that I so dearly love in Darjeelings on the aromatic finish. The taste echoed the citrus comparison, coming across with a mandarin foretaste in line with a Chinese sencha or pre-rain Longjing. Nothing about it was vegetal or bitter, simply excellent. I would certainly buy it again...if I could find it on the site.
— To purchase Davidson’s Tea Samabeong Monsoon Green, 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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