Temi SFTGFOP1 First Flush Black Tea

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Brand:Republic of Tea
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Sikkim, India
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Temi SFTGFOP1 First Flush Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Aug. 7, 2013

Commercial Description

Temi teas have developed a loyal following and this exceptional clonal offering does not disappoint. The unique amber liquor gives away a hint of the incredibly aromatic, floral bouquet in the cup.

Brewing Instructions: (from Republic of Tea)

1.5 tsp./6 oz. water, 4 min, 190°F

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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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What a wonderful and unusual tea! I had read about the Temi Tea Gardens before ( nice article on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temi_Tea_Garden) and am so glad to have been able to taste this beautiful tea (thanks Alex Z.).

The aroma of the dry leaves is herbaceous and lightly floral, with hints of dried fruit. The leaves full and robust. I brewed as per Alex Z.'s parameters of 2 minutes for the first steep and 5 minutes for the second. This yielded a beautiful amber cup with great aroma and flavor. First cup definitely the best.

There is a definite muscatel grape flavor typical of many Darjeelings, with the addition of hints of anise, allspice, and rose. Amazing that all this can come from a simple tea leaf, with no added flavorings. I will definitely be adding this tea to my shopping wish list. Would go exceptionally well with a simple pastry at any time of day, or after a nice spicy Indian meal.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea is pretty good. It has a slight vegetal flavor that I don't like. It's interesting. It tastes a bit like wine. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I'm happy to say that this was the first tea I've tried from Sikkim, India -- simple and dark, I thought this tea was quite tasty. I didn't notice fruity or floral tones, it was a little astringent.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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A delightful tea of top quality, also somewhat different and unusual, darker in character than Darjeeling first flush.

Dry leaf has a light, fruity smell which is almost slightly more reminiscent of some very high grades of Chinese tea than like any Indian teas I've tried.

I found this tea drastically changed character on the basis of how it was brewed, but I found the temperature didn't influence the cup much, just the leaf amount and steeping time.

Brewed stronger, it was fruity and floral, a little like the Muscatel grape of Darjeeling tea, with deep caramel tones and a bit of malty character as well. A hint of wintergreen, just like I like, but a dry, slightly astringent finish. Has a strong cooling quality.

When I brewed it for a briefer time, it had strong vegetal qualities in the aroma that for whatever reason didn't come out in the longer steeping. This cup had tones of asparagus, anise, and olive and was quite unusual and different. The pleasant wintergreen tones were still present, and the cup also had oolong-like qualities, like a woody aroma.

I recommend using less leaf than recommended. With 4 minutes and 1 teaspoon, this tea came out too strong for my tastes. It's not too bitter so much as just too intense. It also seems to have quite a lot of caffeine in it, so bear that in mind.

Brewed the way Republic recommends, most of the flavor was gone after the first cup, but when I used a 2 minute steeping, I was able to brew a second (but not third) very flavorful cup. I recommend 2 minutes followed by 5 or so if you want to make two cups. This wouldn't be a prime candidate for gong fu brewing.

The price on this is very reasonable...$8 for 50 grams, considerably cheaper than other teas of a similar grade and complexity, and I think this tea is a good buy for this price.

Rare Tea Republic also sells this same tea, I'm reviewing the one from Republic of Tea and also it's a different batch, but it's recognizable as the same tea. I actually preferred this batch.
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