2012 First Flush Namring SFTGFOP1

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Well worth the yearlong wait, one immediately appreciates this new, debut harvest – produced in one of the most beautiful gardens in Darjeeling. An exemplary millésime derived in the cold, humid air of its unique environment.
Leaves: strictly composed of newborn buds and leaves only a few days old, this fruity fresco in handsome green sprinkled with downy silvertips releases a stunning bouquet of brisk aromas.
Nose: a first hint of cool, green guava fills the senses while a delightful aroma of toasted brioche hearkens back to our childhood, as a dominant note of exotic kiwi flits in the background.
Liquor: bright and pale yellow, the opening notes of pawpaw and stewed mango alternate with tiny bits of astringency, creating a pleasant and persistent sensation on the palate.
A sumptuous spring time tea, in all its glory!

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400ml of water at 195F
1 heaping tablespoon of tea
Steep for 4 minutes
1/4 teaspoon of highly refined sugar

As I usually do for all Darjeeling, I heat the teapot with hot water, then discard the water, add the tea and let it stand for 30 seconds allowing the aroma of the tea to develop. The green scent of the tea is on the moderate side.

This 2012 First Flush Namring was quite a surprise and completely different from the 2011 First Flush Namring. While the 2011 had a very pronounced green/freshness in taste, the 2012 has a better balance of flavor, taste, aroma, and contained all of the classic qualities of a FF Darjeeling. The astringency is very slight adding body and character to the tea. The flavor is bold and brisk yet not over powering. All of these characteristics makes the 2012 FF Namring an exceptional Darjeeling.

The flavor fully opens up after 3 minutes of steeping. Very smooth from the first sip, and there is little to no aftertaste.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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