2012 First Flush Ambootia FTGFOP1

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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« The Land of Mango Trees »
Leaves: the careful plucking combines elegant brown and jade green leaves, speckled with handsome silver-tipped buds
Nose: a dazzling scent of apricot jam and white lotus
Liquor: brilliant yellow, luminous; opens with the enchanting accents of wild strawberry and white currant carried along by soft tannins, and mingling with a whimsical, floral note of magnolia. Invigorating, this grand cru evolves in volume, finesse, and balance with a remarkably persistent finish.
Andante maestoso, this cru professes a monumental Spring.

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400ml of water at 195F
1 generous table spoon of tea
Steeping time 5 minutes (yes, 5 minutes)
1/4 teaspoon of highly refined sugar

Teapot warmed and rinsed with hot water. Tea leaves placed into the teapot and left standing for 30+ seconds to build up the aroma.

A very green tea with a fresh scent. This First Flush Darjeeling is very different in taste when compared with other FF Darjeelings from Mariage Freres. Floral and almost grassy in tea, in leans toward a fine Japanese Green tea in flavor. The astringency is stronger in this tea than other Mariage Freres Darjeelings which leads to a slightly sour aftertaste. This is my wife’s favorite tea out of all the 2012 FF Darjeelings we have. As for my rating, it is slightly lower than previously reviewed Darjeeling. This is due to the higher astrngency masking the depth in taste of this tea. I have lowered the steeping times in several brews which controls the astringency yet the shorter time tends to decrease the release of the different flavors this tea contains.

As with all FF Mariage Freres Darjeelings, this is also an exceptional tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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