Namring SFTGFOP1 DJ1/2014 Darjeeling First Flush 2014

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Black Tea
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Black Tea
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  • “I’m slightly torn on this review, and I think as I finish the rest of the 50 g bag, I will be revising this tea. hopefully. I’m fairly certain that I have over-brewed it. I watched the pot like a...” Read full tasting note
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From Mariage Frères

« Tea from beyond the skies »
One of this years very first crus from Darjeeling, this tea comes from a high quality plot of land in Jhinglam in the garden of Namring whose slopes rise some 1,400m into the clouds and is exclusively reserved for Mariage Frères.

Leaves : a swarm of young buds and whole leaves exude a fresh and invigorating bouquet of watermelon, star fruit and green apple, backed by an evocative note of green almond.
Nose : woody and floral, fresh notes of alpine resin, persimmon and black cherry jam.
Liquor : a shimmering, honey-yellow robe offering a fragrance of crystallised lavender flower. A harmonious liquor with rich notes of lychee and wild blackberry followed by a firm hint of prune and floral aromas.

A Darjeeling as delicate and tender as Wonderland.

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I’m slightly torn on this review, and I think as I finish the rest of the 50 g bag, I will be revising this tea. hopefully.

I’m fairly certain that I have over-brewed it. I watched the pot like a hawk, smelling it constantly to try and discern when it would be at its peak; however not much distinct aroma so I decided after the tea had turned a golden light amber that it was enough.

The first taste that hit me was the astrengency and the bitterness. Which leads me to believe that I have over brewed it. I do get the black cherry jam taste, but this isn’t really a taste I look for in a Djareeling. As the tea cools I get more peachy and vanilla undertones. The tea also has an oily quality about it, which unfortunately with the black cherry taste reminds me of children’s cough medicine.

I enjoy drinking teas because they are like flowers waiting to bloom. Depending on how long they are brewed for, and what conditions are present will really impact the ‘flower’. I feel like with this tea it was a blossom that never matured and just withered and died. I noted the standard woody/peppery aroma as I first dipped the tea into the water, but I never received a second or a third ingredient.

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Taste = 60
Price = 27.66
Representation = 74
Score = 53.88

Excelsior

Maybe its the case of really wanting to like a tea but being disappointed in the taste. Hence the torn feeling.

SFTGFOP

probably. I’m drinking another pot of this tea right now, and again its got the same “blah” factor. It is amazing how two teas (Namring, and the Namring Upper) can taste so different!

SFTGFOP

Unfortunately I’m also struggling with my ranking of this tea. Its not awful; but for the price, and the fact that it is a MF, I feel that I should grade it harsher.

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