Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The tea has crisp vegetal notes and an overall mild flavor; these qualities, along with the mild astringency, make this tea comparable (although not identical) to some Darjeeling first flush teas. "|
I have to admit that I am not too well versed in the world of Sikkim teas. And that probably is because the Sikkim tea world is actually resticted to a single tea estate in this northern Indian state. Visually speaking, the dry leaves are multi-colored, displaying shades of black, brown, and green. If I am to compare them to any other black tea, I would say they do share a strong resemblance to Darjeeling teas. The aroma is crisp and clean with nuances of flowers and hay. I prepared my cup using boiling water and a three minute infusion. I later experimented with using sub-boiling water and would recommend using a reduced temperature, as I found that the higher temperature of the boiling water seemed to weaken the flavor of this tea. What impressed me about this tea was how aromatic it was. As it was brewing, the area was filled with a fragrant tea aroma. Upon first sip, I was struck by the astringent quality of this tea. The astingency was mild, however, so it was not an unpleasant observation. The tea has crisp vegetal notes and an overall mild flavor; these qualities, along with the mild astringency, make this tea comparable (although not identical) to some Darjeeling first flush teas. This is an easy-drinking tea. No strained focus is required to enjoy what this tea has to offer. The flavor is not overly complex, but is complex enough to keep interesting on its own without making me want to add milk and/or sugar. As black teas go, this is a lighter bodied brew and for that reason I would recommend it for afternoon drinking. In all, I was impressed with this offering and would certainly drink it again. I recommend this tea to anyone looking for a less common tea, particularly to those who like the characteristics of first flush Darjeelings.
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