Review: Rare Tea Republic Wah FTGFOP First Flush

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Its OK"Dominant taste resembles a cross between first and second flush Darjeeling. I take it that the China hybrid quality is shown in the tea’s pleasant lemon overtones, a hint of pepper and of parsley."
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The tea is another release from The Republic of Tea’s new brand, Rare Tea Republic. Vendor’s Description: “At Wah Estate, some of India’s oldest China variety tea plants are tended by one of India’s oldest tea producing families. The result is the classic China character expressed in this first flush selection. Complex sweet notes and dried herb undertones.”

Dry leaves are small, broken, green. Aroma of pine and grassy. I brewed 1 ½ tsp. leaves to 8 oz. water at 190 F for 4 minutes. Resulting liquor is green-gold. Aroma is faintly sweet and grassy.

Dominant taste resembles a cross between first and second flush Darjeeling. I take it that the China hybrid quality is shown in the tea’s pleasant lemon overtones, a hint of pepper and of parsley. Still there’s a noticeable mild Darjeeling-like astringency. Second and third infusions were still good but somewhat diminished in complexity.

This tea is from the Kangra region in India’s Western Himalayas. Dharamshala, the district headquarters, is also the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, headed by the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The British planted a China hybrid variety of tea in the region in the mid 1800's. An earthquake disrupted production on most of the tea gardens in 1905 and very few of them survived. One of the tea farms to remain in production was the Wah Estate, which has been been in continuous production since 1857.

— To purchase Rare Tea Republic Wah FTGFOP 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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