Review: Lochan Tea Temi SFTGFOP 1 First flush 2012, Sikkim

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Thumbs up!"That creamy undertone provides a calm base for the spicy and citrus notes, which provide an interesting and distinctive zip. "
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Sikkim lies in northeast India and is the least populated state. Temi, its sole tea estate, is a highly fertile tea garden in a rich biodiverse environment. The last king of Sikkim initiated tea growing in Sikkim to provide employment for Tibetan refugees. The garden is government owned and run according to the Institute of Marketing guidelines for producing organic tea.

The dry leaves are a pleasant mix of olive, brown, silver and near black. Their aroma is dominantly muscatel, plus woodsy/spicy.

The tea brewed to a fine orangey-tan liquor. The first sip was sweet, floral, yet also spicy. Full bodied yet smooth, with muscatel notes, creamy undertone and mild astringency. Perhaps there’s a hint of pineapple, in any case there’s a smoothing of the citrus notes.

I liked this tea very much. To my taste it resembles a high quality first flush Darjeeling, although technically it should be termed a Sikkim tea. That creamy undertone provides a calm base for the spicy and citrus notes, which provide an interesting and distinctive zip.

Lochan Tea provided my sample and serves as a merchant for this tea, although it is not currently listed on the Lochan web page. Contact Vivek Lochan through the company web site if you’re interested in this tea.

— To purchase Lochan Tea Temi SFTGFOP 1 First flush 2012, Sikkim, 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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