Tumsong SFTGFOP1 Second Flush - Organic - Fair Trade

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Rare Tea Republic
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Darjeeling, India
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 31, 2017

Commercial Description

...a tea with full, complex flavors. A strong jam and sap aroma; a bright, amber liquor; a lively balance between sweet, dried plum and fresh pine needles and a planty finish on the back of the palate characterize this tea.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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A dark, smooth, full-bodied tea with a highly vegetal character and a pleasing, wintergreen quality.

Fairly complex...much less of the typical fruity tones characteristic of Darjeeling. Instead, there are biscuity-tones. Rare Tea Republic describes the aroma as "jam and sap" and I think this was a good description. Overall I find their description of this tea to be spot-on.

I brewed a second cup, and it was very pleasant, full-bodied and still flavorful, although nondescript: most of the interesting aspects of the aroma were gone after the first cup.

Seems pricey, but not unreasonable for an organic and fair-trade tea of this quality. Also, the leaf goes quite far. Still, among the organic and fair-trade teas in this price range, I prefer what I've had from Makaibari estate, although their teas have a very different character, so it's a little bit like apples and oranges. But I do think I prefer the character of their teas (less vegetal for one).
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