Review: Rare Tea Republic Phoobsering FTGFOP1 First Flush Black

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Thumbs up!"The tea is so delicate that in my first tasting I didn’t quite know what to make of it. But on the second try, I began to get it – half-fermented first flush with unusual delicacy."
MaryAnn’s Teaview: 8/10
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Vendor’s description: “Made entirely of Phoobsering Estate's famous cultivar, P312, this flavorful selection is the perfect expression of spring in Darjeeling. A sweet briskness lingers on the palate with notes of Lily of the Valley and sweet lemon. There is a planty quality to the finish.”

Leaves are short and wiry, a mix of dark green. This is a half-fermented tea. Aroma of the dry leaves was quite faint, a mild floral plus a bit of the lemon.

I brewed to package directions: 1 1/2 tsp.leaves to 8 oz. water at 190 F for four minutes. The aroma was a light floral, grassy. Light yellow green liquor. The floral taste lingers, with a delicacy similar to a white tea. Yet there is the astringent tail of a good Darjeeling.

The tea is so delicate that in my first tasting I didn’t quite know what to make of it. But on the second try, I began to get it – half-fermented first flush with unusual delicacy. I don’t yet sense the lemon component. Lily of the Valley sounds sweeter than my experience but there is definitely a subtle floral component. More complex tastes emerged as the tea cooled, which has been my experience with lighter teas. I could grow to appreciate this tea even better given more experience with it.

The Phoobsering Estate is located on the steep north face of the Himalayan foothills near the town of Darjeeling. Nearby is Khangchendzonga, the world’s third highest mountain. The peak is cloaked in mystery – clouds and mist frequently obscure the view The Sikkimese revere it as a guardian deity and thus its peak is forbidden to climbers. The estate grows the P312 clone, developed onsite at Phoobsering and known for its trademark sweet lemon flavor.

Phoobsering ranges from 3000 ft. to 6000 ft. in altitude and is one of the oldest plantations in the Darjeeling West valley. The estate was not named according to any convention – neither taking its owners’ name, nor description of its breathtaking views nor of gods residing in the area nor of historical events. It’s named for the man who was its first supervisor, Phoob Tshering.

— To purchase Rare Tea Republic Phoobsering FTGFOP1 First Flush Black, 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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