Review: Tea Emporium Sungma DJ149 2nd Flush 2011

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Thumbs up!"Spiciness is not as large a part of the flavor profile as it is the scent profile, but there's a mellow, full, autumnal sort of flavor that is strongly fruity, sweet and dry."
Jamie’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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This offering from the Tea Emporium is rather difficult to locate on their website catalog. In fact, I wasn't able to. But it's worth inquiring about as it is an excellent second flush Darjeeling offering. The leaves are full and medium in length with a gentle curl and a dark coloring that reminded me, anathematically, of very darkly roasted coffee beans. A rare silvery green leaf makes an appearance as well. The scent is rich and with a woodsy, spicy muscatel quality that is sweet and dry at once.

I brewed one teaspoon of leaf in 8 ounces of just under the boil water and allowed three minutes to steep. The dark orange liquor resonated a sweet, dry and spicy smell that was redolent with a baked autumnal fruit fullness. My first thought on sipping was a reactive "delicious!"

This tea offers lots of fruit flavor, which is brought out more fully with a little sweetener but is notable on its own. The flavors are very full. Spiciness is not as large a part of the flavor profile as it is the scent profile, but there's a mellow, full, autumnal sort of flavor that is strongly fruity, sweet and dry. The strong notes of baked or stewed fruits are beautifully augmented with the full, smooth quality of the tea's body. I enjoyed this tea with and without sweetener. Unsweetened, this tea has a wonderful dry quality to the sip and the finish both that is somewhat more eclipsed in the sweetened cup.

A second infusion is smooth and delicious as well with the added benefit that it does not become bitter or sour even if you allow the infusion to progress far longer than intended.

All in all, this was a really marvelous second flush that should bring the purchaser many happy returns. Highly recommended.

— To purchase Tea Emporium Sungma DJ149 2nd Flush 2011, 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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