Review: JING Tea Darjeeling First Flush Supreme

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Thumbs up!"The flavor is crisp and clean, yet mild; muscatel and grain (think rice or cereal) notes are most prevalent"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7/10
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I always look forward to sampling what London-based Jing Tea has to offer, as the large majority of my experiences with Jing have been very positive. Today I sampled their Darjeeling First Flush Supreme, which is made of leaves harvested from the Ojayti estate. Something that I noticed right away was that my sample looked very different from that pictured on the Jing website. Instead of large and luxurious leaves (as was shown online), my sample consisted of smallish broken leaves and even some dust. I am hoping that perhaps my sample came from the bottom of the bag and that what I had is not indicative of the tea. Still, the tea leaves have that clean muscatel aroma that only a nice Darjeeling can deliver. I brewed a nice large pot of this tea using just under boiling water and steeping for three minutes. The liquid was very pale in color, having a nice shade of tan or straw. As happens with most tea varieties, this tea did get darker as it sat in my teapot. The tea does not have a commanding presence, and is rather delicate in flavor and light in body. The flavor is crisp and clean, yet mild; muscatel and grain (think rice or cereal) notes are most prevalent. Because I brewed a large pot of this, I sipped it all day and given the tea's rather delicate flavor, I think this seems like an ideal way to enjoy this tea. I don't necessarily think this tea is the kind you would brew if you needed a strong pick-me-up. While I did enjoy this tea and would certainly drink it again, I don't rank this among the best Darjeelings, but certainly would say it is a decent brew.

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