Review: JING Tea Okayti Darjeeling First Flush

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Thumbs up!"It's relatively bold for a first flush Darjeeling, and probably the fruitiest Darjeeling I’ve ever tasted – which is a good thing, as far as I’m concerned."
Dave’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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This tea’s unusual name requires explanation: According to retailer Jing Tea, the estate, one of the oldest in India, was originally named Rangdoo. During the time of Queen Victoria, estates across India would send samples to the Queen for her consideration. The Queen gave Rangdoo’s tea the “OK”, meaning that she wanted to buy it. The estate eventually became known as “O kai tee” or “Okayti”.

The dry leaves have a pleasant fruity scent. I brewed one tablespoon in nearly-boiling water for three minutes, as per Jing Tea’s recommendation. The resulting cup was golden brown, revealing a potent aroma of ripe grapes and citrus.

The flavor is smooth yet full-bodied, with strong fruity notes. I tasted grape, pear, and peach. The aftertaste is sweet, with a hint of honey, but also a slight bitterness, which creates a nice balance. The texture is velvety and slightly creamy.

I would classify this as relatively bold for a first flush Darjeeling, and probably the fruitiest Darjeeling I’ve ever tasted – which is a good thing, as far as I’m concerned. It’s refreshing but also invigorating, and makes a great morning or afternoon cup. I guess Queen Victoria knew a thing or two about tea.

— 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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