2013 First Flush Jungpana SFTGFOP1

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Jungpana, which means « sweet young girl » in Tibetan, is one of the most spectacular organic tea gardens in Darjeeling, nestled in the district of Kurseong, offering fresh and airy teas perfectly exemplified in this year’s cru.

Leaves : fine, with varying colours of celadon green and silver buds plucked from the highest part of the Jungpana Tea Estate.
Nose : a gourmet note of starfruit with accents of sun-ripened white fig.
Liquor : amber; it offers a smooth and supple structure highlighting a fine astringency on which expands an elegant first note – fruity, sweet and tart – of santol (cotton fruit) followed by an aromatic explosion of golden kiwi with its honeyed, yellow flesh crowned by a final note of white peach.

Perfect for Spring, in all its opulence.

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

As a Spring Flush tea, this Jungpana represents a difficult tea to judge. In 2011, the First Flush Jungpana was among my favorites, highlighting all the tastes a fine Spring Darjeeling has to offer. In 2012, the Jungpana lost some of its flavor and was a very light tasting Darjeeling.

This 2013 Spring Flush Darjeeling is more similar to a Summer Flush than a Spring Flush. It has the bold, brisk, astringent taste of a Summer Tea. It retains some if it’s fruity flavor of years past but this is all together different when mixed in the the astringency and the bold taste.

As a Spring Flush Tea, it fails to please. It has none of the complex, light tasting, multitude, of floral and fruity notes. The stringency is strong, harsh, overbearing and does not accentuate the overall taste. Gone is the very slight, not at all sour stringency which brings together and heightens the taste of all the complex flavors.

Hopefully all the other teas of my purchase, will live up to the gold standard of a Mariage Freres Spring Flush tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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