Review: Chamong Inc. Lingia Second Flush SFTGFOP1

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Thumbs up!"The scent is by far my favourite part, but every aspect makes this interesting and delicious."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.3/10
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ChasongI believe this second flush Darjeeling tea is from a garden I’ve never sampled before. The leaves are mid-sized, choppy, and brown-black with flecks of silver. They smell peppery and malty. I steep a teaspoon at 195° for three minutes and get a cup with a crisp, clear amber liquor that smells brilliantly of honey.

Sadly, the honey sweet scent doesn’t translate to the taste. The flavour is peppery, malty, and mildly fruity with a strong, not unpleasant, bitterness. I find I don’t lament the lack of honey flavour because the scent carries strongly throughout the whole time I’m drinking the cup. The second steep lacks much character, bordering on bland, but it’s still worth it.

It’s a heavier Darjeeling, one of the reasons I generally prefer first flush to second. Yet, especially considering the bitterness, it’s a surprisingly drinkable cup. The scent is by far my favourite part, but every aspect makes this interesting and delicious.

So with such a satisfying cup, you may wonder why I didn’t give the tea a higher score. It’s my first tea from this company, but they already have a few strikes against them. First off, this tea isn’t anywhere that I can find it on the website, always a downside since I don’t know what it costs or any other information about it. Other than that, though, the website is really hard to navigate and not very attractive. In short, it’s not the kind of place that makes me want to order from them, which is a shame because this is a tea worth ordering.

— To purchase Chamong Inc. Lingia Second Flush SFTGFOP1, 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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Review: Craft of Tea Fancy Rose & Peach White Tea

Craft of Tea, Peach Tea, Rose Tea, White Tea No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"I would recommend checking out Craft of Tea's subscription service and adding this tea to your list. Or just picking up this tea. It is delicious and perfect for all seasons."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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craftrosepeachCraft of Tea has one of the more unusual subscription plans for tea that I have had the pleasure of running across. You have the choice of letting them choose what to send each month or you can set up favorites and you will be sent teas off of that list. It really reminds me of a well known video subscription service except you don’t have to return the teas.

My sample today is rather beautiful with large rose petals and peach pieces mixed in with huge white tea leaves. The aroma is heavenly and would be wonderful as a potpourri or even a  cologne. The site says that it is handcrafted and judging by the size and quality of the ingredients, I can well believe it.

I set up my leaves to brew using 180 degree water and a steep time of 4 minutes. The resulting liquor is the color of old gold and the fragrance is hardly diminished. It’s still bursting with the perfume of ripe peaches and old world roses.

This is a really smooth tea that is a delight for the senses. I am impressed that the flavor of the tea leaves themselves shine through adding in the flavor of honeydew melons. The roses contribute a natural sweetness and the peaches…well add in a peachy flavor. It is really well balanced.

Being as it approaching summer, I always wanted to try this tea iced. It made for a delicious iced tea with the peach flavor becoming even more pronounced.

I would recommend checking out Craft of Tea’s subscription service and adding this tea to your list. Or just picking up this tea. It is delicious and perfect for all seasons.

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