Review: Tea Emporium Dooteriah SFTGFOP-1 First Flush 2012

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Thumbs up!"Slightly off the beaten path for a first flush, it's bright airy, fruit tones are like a tropical vacation in a cup. Highly recommended!"
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teaemporiumdooterfirstTea Emporium is a company that is new to me. They are based in Darjeeling, so Indian teas are their specialty. This single estate black tea was harvested from young tea bushes at a high elevation. It promises exotic fruits flavours and a pine like aftertaste. The small, choppy leaves feature a wide range of colours, from silver to olive green to dark chocolate brown and everything in between. They have a fresh planty smell to them.

I steeped a generous teaspoonful of leaves in 8 ounces of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. Again, the tea has a very “green” planty smell to it. The liquor is a dark tan hue. Taking a sip, the cup is bright and light. The top notes mix tree sap, grass and pine resin flavours. Fresh bread, melon and light muscatel notes lead to a slightly dry finish. This would be perfect to drink during the hot summer months, or alternately to be reminded of more tropical climes.

I brewed the leaves again for 3 and a half minutes. The tea is now fruitier and sweeter. The grassy astringency of the finish makes for a very refreshing and invigorating cup. The long lasting aftertaste alternates between fresh bread, grapefruit and mango notes. It's quite tasty!

Even a third steep is decent following a 4 minute-long steep. The finish is a bit rougher at this point, and the overall flavour more mineral. However, there are still pleasant bread, grapefruit and grass notes to be found.

I found this tea to be quite reasonably priced for the quality and the stamina of the leaves. It's slightly off the beaten path for a first flush. It's bright airy, fruit tones are like a tropical vacation in a cup – something I can definitely appreciate as I stare at the 4' high snow banks outside my door. Highly recommended!

— To purchase Tea Emporium Dooteriah SFTGFOP-1 First Flush 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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