Review: Tea Emporium Sungma Flowery Musk Organic DJ-152

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Thumbs up!"Rich with deep notes of wine, malt, mineral and even muscatel with a mild underlying bitterness."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.2/10
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teaemporiumsungmaflowerymuskTea Emporium is a company based in Darjeeling specialising, as you'd expect, Darjeeling teas. They have a good selection of teas, reasonable prices, and shipping is free if you spend over $59 US, so it's definitely the sort of company I like to order local teas from.

The leaves of this tea are small and curled, dark brown with rare flecks of silver. I had expected a bit more colour variety, but after 3 minutes at 195°, I get a dark brown liquor that smells brilliant. I detect notes of peach, malt, chrysanthemum, and wine.

The flavour reminds me of fall - rich with deep notes of wine, malt, mineral and even muscatel with a mild underlying bitterness. It's a heavy, full flavoured tea, and while I prefer more delicate leaves in general, it's a very satisfying cup. My 4-minute second steep is an unremarkable follow-up. Neither remarkably good nor bad, it lets you down easy.

I like the bitterness, but if you'd rather tone it down, I feel it would take the addition of milk and/or sugar well. It's the ideal breakfast cup; you can leave the bitterness for a bracing wake-up, or you can add milk if you want to ease your way into the day.

— To purchase Tea Emporium Sungma Flowery Musk Organic DJ-152, 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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