Harvest Date: March 16, 2013
First planted in 1867, the Tumsong tea estate is one of the best-known gardens in all of Darjeeling. The garden is planted on a steep slope in Darjeeling's Golden Valley. Over 1600m in elevation at its highest point, the entire estate faces the mighty Kanchenjunga Mountain. The cold Himalayan breezes create a very patient growing cycle for the tea bushes, allowing them to slowly develop rich aromatic nuance and flavor complexity. The teas of Tumsong are known to have a very refined mouthfeel and structure, with lingering high floral aromatics and a wonderful balance of delicate briskness and smooth sweetness.
This year, we decided to differentiate our two lots of 1st Flush Darjeeling by their "aroma type." The Darjeeling region is treasured by tea lovers for its diverse micro-climates and its vintage tea bush cultivars, which are selectively bred so that each estate can be associated with a specific aromatic character like muscat grapes, exotic fruits, and tropical flowers. This year's selections from Tumsong Estate express stunning aromas of Neroli and Clover Honey, showing the charm of Darjeeling as the "Champagne of Tea" where even within the same estate, the dynamic climate produces unique lots selected from different slopes found in Tumsong.
Tasting Notes: Distinct floral aroma with a creamy-soft cantaloupe flavor and lingering clover honey aromatics.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ black tea
Guywan Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 200°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill a porcelain guywan with 5g of tea
Steep Times: 1st infusion 45 seconds, 2nd infusion 15 seconds, 3rd infusion 40 seconds, 4th infusion 60 seconds.
Guywan Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.
For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Guywan
Standard Brewing Guidelines: Water Temperature: 195°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 1st infusion: 3 minutes, 2nd infusion: 4 minutes
We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time
to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that
is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not
fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By D on February 26, 2014
Houston, AL United States
This is a nice Darjeeling but I was a little disappointed in the taste vs. the smell. The aroma is indeed honeyed, herbacious, and complex. But the taste is a little bit one dimensional to me (musky/cantaloupe). I do recommend it as a good representative first flush Darjeeling but doubt I'd order it again.
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