Review: Rare Tea Republic Jun Chiyabari FTGFOP1 First Flush Nepal 2012

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Thumbs up!"The light crispness of this tea was perfectly suited to mid afternoon on a beastly hot and dry day in the US Midwest. Complex taste but not ponderous. "
MaryAnn’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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For starters, I’m seriously intimidated by the reputation that precedes this tea. It comes from The Republic of Tea’s new brand, Rare Tea Republic, featuring a line of premium loose-leaf teas. Last year’s autumnal harvest of this tea took 3rd place in the general black tea category in 2011 North American Tea Championship Fall Hot Tea Class this February. Heady company! I hope my tasting skills are up to the challenge.

The dry leaves presented a beautiful mix of medium length brown, green and silver tips. Aroma was floral yet also dry and minty.

I followed the package brewing directions – 1 ½ tsp. to 8 oz. water at 200 degrees F for four minutes. Its seductive aroma, a dry floral if that’s possible, reached out to my nose during the steep, a sinuous introduction to the pleasure to come. Small green to reddish brown leaves unfurled.

First sips: crisp mint cuts through the floral aroma and taste. Apricot tones. Attractive light tan liquor. Taste complexity emerged as the tea cooled. Mildly astringent, especially at back and roof of the mouth. Tulsi-type mint taste on back of the tongue. Although a first flush, not grassy. Mild floral taste and aroma persisted, apricot notes. Crisp aftertaste on top of a well rounded tea.

The light crispness of this tea was perfectly suited to mid afternoon on a beastly hot and dry day in the US Midwest. Complex taste but not ponderous. Delightfully refreshing.

— To purchase Rare Tea Republic Jun Chiyabari FTGFOP1 First Flush Nepal 2012, 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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