Review: Camellia Sinensis Darjeeling Seeyok First Flush 2011

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Thumbs up!"It lacks the complexity of some other Darjeelings, but ends up being a satisfying tea suitable for daily drinking."
Dave’s Teaview: 7/10
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Darjeeling, known for its smooth richness, is a perfect breakfast tea.
This organic, fair trade black tea from Montreal’s Camellia Sinensis
lacks the complexity of some other Darjeelings, but ends up being a
satisfying tea suitable for daily drinking.

Upon brewing, one is presented with a pleasing, slightly spicy aroma.
Brewed at the recommended 90 degrees for three minutes, I found the
flavor to be too strong, with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Brewing the same leaves at the same temperature a second time, the
flavor improved, with less bitterness and a robust but well-balanced
flavor, and a sweet, nutty character emerged.

I decided to try brewing some new leaves at a lower temperature – 85
degrees for three minutes – and was much more pleased with the
results. The overall flavor was simple but satisfying, rich and
full-bodied but with the smooth finish I expect of a good Darjeeling.
A slight fruitiness with a hint of peach added some depth, without
straying too far from a classic Darjeeling flavor.

If you’re looking for a simple Darjeeling for everyday drinking,
Seeyok first flush is a great option. It would pair well with a sweet
breakfast, such as toast and jam. It’s also organic and fair trade,
and is a very good value, being less expensive than some other organic
Darjeelings. However, if you want to experience a more complex
Darjeeling, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

— To purchase Camellia Sinensis Darjeeling Seeyok First Flush 2011, 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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