Review: JING Tea Okayti Darjeeling First Flush

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Thumbs up!" I found this tea wonderful for slurping as it brought out a brothy, creamy quality that was light but pervasive and showed off subtle muscatel notes along with more pronounced bright, vegetal perk all balanced with a good natural sweetness."
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This offering from Jing is from the Okayti Estate in Darjeeling and Jing's website provides a bit of geography for the curious consumer. Here is a bit from their website: "Okayti Estate is situated on the border with Nepal and ranges in elevation from 2700ft to 6800ft. It is a beautiful estate on steep and impeccably well tended hills. It was established in 1856, making it one of the oldest tea estates in Darjeeling." The leaf in my sample is whole leaf with a very fresh and dry vegetal scent. The leaves are longer in length with a wiry twist to them and a variety of color spanning from silver to green and tan.

I prepared this Darjeeling using Jing's recommendation of one tablespoon of leaf per 8 ounces of 200 degree water steeped for three minutes. (Later experimentation led me to prefer slightly less leaf - around 2 teaspoons). The liquor is golden and the flavor is excellent. The prominent notes are green and vegetal with marked smoothness. I found this tea wonderful for slurping as it brought out a brothy, creamy quality that was light but pervasive and showed off subtle muscatel notes along with more pronounced bright, vegetal perk all balanced with a good natural sweetness. The muscatel and vegetal qualities were well matched on my tongue and gave this a fine, green-jeeling taste that I enjoyed very much.

The first and second infusions are excellent. The second was slightly drier and not overly sweet, with muscatel notes retreating a bit but still much vegetal goodness. As a further note, I found the stronger ratio of leaf brought out more of the muscatel notes and a drier finish with a kiss of astringency, so perhaps you will have fun experimenting with the amount of leaf you like to bring out the qualities you most want to see in a Darjeeling.

This is certainly a delicious tea to experiment with. It's a very solid Darjeeling offering with wonderful freshness and delicious taste.

— 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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