Review: Davidson’s Tea Samabeong Monsoon Green

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I must start this off with a short rant. I love Davidson's Tea's product line. So far, I've had five of their offerings, most have met with high approval. That said, I absolutely loathe their website. Perhaps it's my bias from a reviewer's perspective, but it's next to impossible to find a particular tea on the first try. Don't believe me? Try simply looking up "Green Tea". Give up? There is no category for green tea, or any other type of tea for that matter. To find this green, one has to look in the "Organic Loose Leaf Teas and Cocoa" section. And good luck finding it even then.

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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