Review: SerendipiTea Darjeeling Selimbong Estate 2nd Flush

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Thumbs up!"Sweet, smooth, airy and light, this makes for a great summer tea."
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.9/10
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serendipteaselimbongestate2ndflushFrom the prestigious Selimbong estate comes this award winning tea. Founded in 1866, this tea garden has been certified as fair trade, organic and biodynamic since 1997. Grown at 6000 feet, this particular harvest is described as floral and brisk. Small and wiry, the leaves are a fairly even chocolate colour, with a few tan bits thrown in. More than just the expected muscatel aroma scents the leaves. There is also a rich combination of honeydew, vanilla, malt and peach perfume at play. I can barely get my nose out of the sample's package long enough to prepare the tea, the aroma is so intoxicating. The stage seems set for something special here.

Following the instructions on Serendipitea's website, I brewed one teaspoon of leaves in 8 ounces of water, heated to 195 degrees Fahrenheit and let steep for 3 minutes. Toffee, fern and muscatel notes waft from the mahogany-coloured cup. Lots of sweet biscuit and toffee notes at the fore, with a delicious muscatel and honeydew lift to the aftertaste. Bright and crisp, with a creamy mouth-feel, this is a really engaging cup, with no need for additional dairy or sweetener. As one might expect from a Darjeeling, it's a touch dry, making it a rather refreshing brew for summer drinking. This tea's flavour evolves and surprises as it cools. More of the honeydew flavour comes through, transforming into fern-like notes on the back of the tongue. There is also a sturdy woody dimension that eventually emerges. A second 4 minute infusion is solid and flavourful, but does not have the wow factor of the first. This time the brew tends more towards vanilla and cocoa notes than the muscatel and malt flavours that were so prominent initially.

Sweet, smooth, airy and light, this makes for a great summer tea. Being one of the most flavourful and complex Darjeelings I've come across in a long while, I highly recommend this superior quality leaf.

— 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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