Review: Davidson’s Tea Darjeeling (Singell Estate)

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Thumbs up!"This tea manages to have such an interesting combination of classic flavours that sets itself apart from a sea of delicious Darjeelings."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.6/10
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The unimposing, small leaves and deep brown liquor of this tea are extremely typical of Darjeelings, but for the most part, that's where the average aspects of this tea end. The bright fruity scent I get after steeping this at 195° for 3 minutes catches my nose and intrigues the senses.

The flavour is hearty and robust, trending towards the characteristics of an Autumnal flush. It is malty and spicy and sweet. It even has that hint of bitterness that, while unwelcome in most teas, suits a good Darjeeling exceedingly well. Unique and complex, this tea manages to have such an interesting combination of classic flavours that sets itself apart from a sea of delicious Darjeelings.

My five-minute, 195° second steep smells largely of honey and malt. Though it lacks quite the depth or drama of the first cup, for the second infusion of a Darjeeling, the cup is surprisingly vibrant. It's a step above what I expected since Darjeelings often fade quickly from steep to steep, and it is definitely worth the extra steep.

There are so many estates in Darjeeling that it can be overwhelming to decide what gardens you want to frequent from year to year and flush to flush. Of course a lot of it comes down to personal taste, but quality and diversity are also important. Come this spring, I'll be on the lookout for First Flush Thurbo, Soureni, Margaret's Hope, Giddapahar, and now, Singell.

— To purchase Davidson’s Tea Darjeeling (Singell 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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