Review: JING Tea Okayti Darjeeling First Flush

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Thumbs up!"Elegant and aromatic, yet low maintenance! An easy-to-brew, complex tea."
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Okayti Darjeeling is a mystical tea. Its name looks Japanese.    Its leaves look green and smell like a robust black.  They brew like a black and taste like a white.  Only a Darjeeling can do all that.  No wonder Queen Victoria always gave teas from this estate (then known as "Rangdoo",)  the "OK" whenever she was given samples.  No doubt, a fun loving courtier joked with his friends when bringing yet another sample from Rangdoo,

"We know she's going to OK this.  We might as well just call it "OK Tea."

Perhaps that's not exactly how it happened.  But the various legends all point to Okayti's high approval rating by royals, merchants, and auctioneers as the source of its name change.  No one calls the tea, or the garden, "Rangdoo" anymore.

The smell of Jing's Okayti attracted me right away.  Its  sweet and floral notes warmed my nose like vanilla.  The taste was somewhat jasmine, definitely green, and just a bit grassy.  It was  astringent in the mildest possible sense, and it quenched my thirst with a complex, smooth finish.

People who have been there tell me that the Okayti garden is one of the oldest, highest, and perhaps the most picturesque  in Darjeeling. It is jammed with steep, green hills and waterfalls, and set against the backdrop of  the Himalayan Mountains.  I do believe I can taste all of that in those leaves.   It is a beautiful tasting tea that I could drink all day because it is easy to brew.  It handles boiling water and the leaves can steep forever without turning bitter.   That such gentle, complex, flavors emerge from delicate little leaves scorched in 212 degree water is mystical indeed.  I rate it a 9.5.

 

 

— To purchase JING Tea Okayti Darjeeling First Flush, 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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