Review: Rare Tea Republic Tumsong SFTGFOP1 Second Flush Organic

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Thumbs up!"I like the mention of sap in the website's tasting notes; to me this catches what is essential and good in many darjeelings - a sense of strong flowing flavor energy that is communicated to the drinker. "
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Rare Tea Republic is a new to me tea vendor. They have a nice balance of information at their website relating to each specific tea and I found that the information offered on this particular tea was "just enough" to give me a little bit of a peek into the terroir of the tea in the sample. I'm including it here to give you a little hint of this tea's background as well. "One of the best second flush teas of the 2011 season, this organic selection from Tumsong estate, locally known as the “garden of happy hearts,” was grown at 5,500 feet. Mountainous weather conditions including frequent mist, dappled sun and cool temperatures result in a tea with full, complex flavors. A strong jam and sap aroma; a bright, amber liquor; a lively balance between sweet, dried plum and fresh pine needles and a planty finish on the back of the palate characterize this tea. Plucking date: May 27, 2011."

The leaves have a super fresh scent to them. There's a floral green muscatel aroma prominent with a closing scent that is somewhat like pipe tobacco leaves. The leaves are dark chocolate brown with lights of silver green in the mix.

I brewed the tea according to the directions on my sample package: 1.5 teaspoons of leaf to 8 ounces of 200 degree water for four minutes.

The infusion is bright roasted pumpkin in color and very vivid. The flavor is quite nice - light and not at all bitter despite the steep time (I am generally religious with three minutes for Darjeelings). This tea is very smooth. It has a clean, clear taste with definite floral notes and an abundance of muscatel sweet fruitiness. I like the mention of sap in the website's tasting notes; to me this catches what is essential and good in many darjeelings - a sense of strong flowing flavor energy that is communicated to the drinker. The muscatel tones full up as the tea cools just a bit and the body seems to expand as well. There's also a curious and somewhat singular grainy taste to this tea that is also part of the expanding flavor palette. Floral, fruity, green and somehow grainy with a good muscatel overlaying the whole. There are many excellent flavors at work in this tea and they keep the cup interesting throughout. I really recommend against sweetening this cup as it completely flattens the flavor profile, which is an awful thing to do to such a good tasting Darjeeling.

— To purchase Rare Tea Republic Tumsong SFTGFOP1 Second Flush Organic, 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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