Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Second Flush Seeyok Estate

Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Fair Trade Tea, Organic Tea, SerendipiTea, Single Estate Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"There were hints of something creamy, bordering on molasses, pulverized nutmeg, and maybe a wily grape or two."
Geoff’s Teaview: 7/10
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serendipiteadarjeelingseeyokThe Seeyok Estate resides in Darjeeling near Mount Kanchenjunga, along the Indian-Nepalese border. When I first saw the mountain name, I thought it read "Chattanooga". That really threw me off. But moving along...Seeyok is yet another one of those tea gardens that proudly boasts being biodynamic. The only other such place I've tried teas from with that title was the Oothu Estate in Southern India. I couldn't really care less about plant spirits, though. That is, unless they produce something delicious.

This brown and beige second flush batch differed from others mainly in the smell. Spice was there - as it should be with a Darjeeling - but so was the presence of mint. Not a strong presence, but just enough to wonder if a dash of "nana" had accidentally fallen in with the leaves. Whatever the case, it smelled refreshing. And sinus-clearing.

Brewing instructions per the SerendipiTea site were pretty standard for a Darjeeling; pre-boil hot water, 1 tsp per cup, three-minute steep. That's what I planned to go with anyway.

The liquor brewed light, amber-brown to a fair auburn. The aroma couldn't be called anything other than standard for a lighter black tea - not really malty, not really floral, just mildly robust. Taste-wise, there were hints of something creamy, bordering on molasses, pulverized nutmeg, and maybe a wily grape or two. It was pleasant enough, much in the way a second "Ghostbusters" movie was. I was delighted, I was entertained, but it wasn't something that would hold my fancy for years to come. "Good" is a flighty mistress of a mood.

— To purchase SerendipiTea Darjeeling Second Flush Seeyok Estate, 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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