Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Selimbong Estate 2nd Flush

Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Fair Trade Tea, Orange Pekoe Tea, Organic Tea, SerendipiTea, Single Estate Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"The creamy aspect translated to the taste perfectly but with a maltier kick. Floral notes followed close behind, reminding me of magnolias and osthmanthus blossoms pummeled together to enrich the taste."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.3/10
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serendipteaselimbongestate2ndflushThe Selimbong tea garden is located 6,000 feet above sea level in the Mirk Valley. They specialize in organic, fair trade offerings of notable prestige. SerendipiTea notes in their tea profile for this second flush that it was awarded a "super star" status. I assume that's like an elementary school gold star for good behavior.

Well, it smells like a gold star. The light and dark brown, curly leaves for this Darjeeling possessed the grandest of grape noses I've ever encountered on a pekoe. What it lacked in a spicy aroma, it made up for it in a mouth-watering, nose-running, nostril-curling fruit whiff. Not quite as smoky as the usual "muscatel" label, but close. More in line with a lighter, greener variety.

Brewing instructions on the SerendipiTea profile were pretty standard for a Darj second flush; 1 teaspoon in 195F (or below boiling) water for three minutes. I adhered to this with an 8oz quantity. I would usually go a half-minute lighter, but I figured there wouldn't be any harm given the lighter temp.

It brewed to a solid oak brown, a bit on the lighter side, and possessed a creamy, floral nose. The infusion gave me the vague impression of honey-sweetened peanut butter. Said scent was also slightly woodsy. The creamy aspect translated to the taste perfectly but with a maltier kick. Floral notes followed close behind, reminding me of magnolias and osthmanthus blossoms pummeled together to enrich the taste.

The first time I tried this, it was a dry run. No notes, no measurements, just a blind brew-up. I was having a crummy day, and this exquisite cup soothed me. On a more discerning run, it still lives up and then some - a deep and delicate Darjeeling.

— To purchase SerendipiTea Darjeeling Selimbong Estate 2nd Flush, 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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