Namring Estate 2nd Flush Darjeeling

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Darjeeling Tea
Flavors
Flowers, Metallic, Apricot, Dark Bittersweet, Lemon Zest, Mineral, Wood
Sold in
Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by sherapop
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 oz / 248 ml

Available from 1 seller.

From Our Community

2 Images

1 Want it Want it

8 Own it Own it

19 Tasting Notes View all

  • “2/18/14 Afternoon tea with my husband. 1 packet/12oz/212F/2.5min From my Select box! Pretty pretty brew. I enjoyed it very much, though I can't describe it well since it's...” Read full tasting note
    73
    AnnaEA 84 tasting notes
  • “I am surprised by some of the negative reviews of this Namring Estate 2nd Flush Darjeeling sourced for the Steepster Select February sample pack from Upton Tea Imports. Perhaps some of the...” Read full tasting note
    87
    Shera Pop 969 tasting notes
  • “This sample tea came from the February Steepster Select box, which shows how far behind I am in trying out the samples that I have -- it's now the beginning of June. I couldn't help but sneak a...” Read full tasting note
    76
    amyoh2 2339 tasting notes
  • “:/ I had a nice pretty review written, and then my computer crashed. So sorry that I can't be bothered writing up as nice of one. No aroma when I opened the pouch, leaves were a lower quality...” Read full tasting note
    40
    sftgfop 147 tasting notes

From Upton Tea Imports

Darjeeling, India

Grown high in the Teesta valley at the base of the Himalayas, this 2nd flush brews up with the famed muscatel aroma associated with high grade Darjeelings. A classic afternoon tea.

About Upton Tea Imports View company

Company description not available.

19 Tasting Notes

73
84 tasting notes

2/18/14 Afternoon tea with my husband. 1 packet/12oz/212F/2.5min From my Select box! Pretty pretty brew. I enjoyed it very much, though I can’t describe it well since it’s the first darjeeling I’ve drunk in ages and ages. I brewed it as per the instructions on the packet, and it made a nice potful for dH and I to share before he left for work.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87
969 tasting notes

I am surprised by some of the negative reviews of this Namring Estate 2nd Flush Darjeeling sourced for the Steepster Select February sample pack from Upton Tea Imports. Perhaps some of the reviewers do not like darjeeling? It’s also easy to ruin by oversteeping…

My batch tastes very good. The packet contained 3.6 grams, for the record, so perhaps that’s why the liquor was a bit lighter amber than the darjeelings I imbibed yesterday. No matter, I kept the steep time short and found no bitterness whatsoever in the glass. In fact, this was good enough that I am now contemplating placing an order at Upton, which I have not done in quite some time, but in truth they were the company which opened me up to the higher echelons of tea!

To be honest, I quit Steepster Select because 2 out of 5 of the samples of that pack were from Upton, which sells fully curated tea samples of 10 gram for $1 or $2! It seems wrong to claim “curation” credits for pre-curated teas. I don’t need samples which are smaller than the ones Upton offers for triple the price! I expect true curation to involve some factfinding missions beyond visiting the Upton Tea Imports website, which I am perfectly capable of doing all by myself. Steepster didn’t even bother to say whether this is FTGFOP or TGFOP or SFTGFOP1! This information is readily available at the Upton website for all of their teas. Go there and search for Namring, and you’ll find a whole slew of good darjeelings.

The good news is that I have been inspired by this Steepster Select “curation” to pay a visit once again to Upton Tea Imports, all of whose teas are fully and impeccably curated and sold at very reasonable prices. I used to love how the labels came printed with the customer’s name. I wonder whether they still do that? We shall see…


second infusion: I am not at all convinced that darjeeling tea is supposed to be reinfused, but it said so on the Steepster Select packet, so I tried. it tasted like dishwater, so I tossed it.

(Blazing New Rating #69)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML
TheTeaFairy

I can’t get Steepster Select in Canada, but that was very informative…

Cheri

I felt like the Steepster Select was just really expensive for what you get. I got some good teas, I got some teas I really didn’t care for, but I didn’t get that much tea, especially for that they would charge for it. (I got a free box.)

TeaBrat

I’m not normally a big fan of 2nd flush darjeeling but I didn’t think it was terrible.

sherapop

Cheri, I joined at the cut rate, which seemed like the right price ($10) for what one receives. The regular price ($25) is kind of ridiculous, given the number of companies in existence which essentially curate teas (they are not producers) and offer good sample programs. Compare the price of a Teavivre sample set, which includes 10 samples of 7 grams (more or less) for significantly less. More tea for less money, and it’s curated by tea experts, not hobbyists. I like this website and community, but Steepster Select is not really offering much of a service for the price being charged. Some of my samples were scantily filled, which was especially annoying. How skimpy can one be—I mean, tea is not that expensive!

TeaTiff

I was also surprised by the ratings of this tea. I really enjoyed the flavor of this tea. It actually led me to experiment a bit more with Darjeeling.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76
2339 tasting notes

This sample tea came from the February Steepster Select box, which shows how far behind I am in trying out the samples that I have — it’s now the beginning of June.

I couldn’t help but sneak a peek at the other reviews and I saw a lot of dismal thoughts about this one. I confess that 2nd flush darjeelings don’t tend to be a favorite of mine, but I’m up for trying any tea at least once.

I noticed the wet leaf smells very “woody” — almost like musk — when I took the infuser out of the teapot. The tea liquor steeps up to be a medium orangish-brown in color. As far as the flavor is concerned, Upton’s flavor description seems to be spot on. I would also describe it as woody with a hint of muscatel. There’s a slight astringency in the finish but it is palatable.

I liked this better than most of the other reviewers did; though I still don’t plan to put this on my shopping list anytime soon. A pinch of raw cane sugar makes a nice addition to this.

I started my writing class yesterday which is very interesting so far. Maybe I’ll get inspired soon to write some more blog postings. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

40
147 tasting notes

:/ I had a nice pretty review written, and then my computer crashed. So sorry that I can’t be bothered writing up as nice of one.

No aroma when I opened the pouch, leaves were a lower quality than I would normally like, but as I had been given this sample, I don’t know where this degradation happened.

As it brews. no distinct aroma, maybe some faint wet cardboard. brews dark for such a surprising little amount of tea, but I guess that is from it being crushed.

The tea itself is pretty awful. If I had more of this tea than the sample, it would be reserved for ice-tea grade only. No muscatel, bitter and astringent, I see no “good” taste in this tea.

SFTGFOP

I’m throwing out the rest of my cup. Really not worth finishing.

Excelsior

I’ts teas like this that make people think Darjeeling? I just don’t get it.

I’m waiting for Mariage Freres to get more of their Spring Flush teas in and then I’ll start making my purchases for Spring Flush 2014 Darjeelings.

SFTGFOP

hahah I look forward to reading your reviews on the new stuff! I’ve heard bad drought again this year, but they seem to say that every year. I’ve also heard some estates are starting to bring in irrigation for their first flushes.

This tea was such a let down, I may actually go back and edit it even lower.

The leaves were really quite old though, so gosh knows what this tea tasted like when it was fresh. I actually had a good Balasun Darjeeling earlier today, which might have influenced the harsh-ness of this review.

When you find a good Darjeeling, there is nothing that will compare.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87
4359 tasting notes

Backlog:

I love a second flush Darjeeling, so I was happy to find one in my Steepster Select box from February. A lovely fruit note: black currant and grape. I am tasting sweet and a hint of tart from these fruit notes. Somewhat tannic, but, that’s something I tend to expect from a Darjeeling like this.

I taste muscatel, woody notes, subtle hints of earth, a wine-like finish. A nice afternoon cup.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75
30 tasting notes

This tea had such a nutty roasted aroma that I was almost taken aback by the tangy tannins that hit me on the first sip. Was pleased when it mellowed into a malty finish, and actually find the tea as a whole to be quite enjoyable. A nice, medium bodied tea, but the tannins give a little pucker that I almost found refreshing on a warm day. 7.5/10

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
344 tasting notes

I had the last package of this tea this afternoon at work. After exploring other Darjeelings this one stands out as pretty flavorful. I really enjoyed this for an afternoon tea! I am upping my rating of this tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

70
58 tasting notes

(1st Steep – 2.5 min) This tea has the softer aroma and flavor that you would expect from a Darjeeling. The muscatel flavor mentioned in the description is present but not overpowering. It is more of a slight sweetness followed by a slight woody flavor. It finishes clean and has a slight drying sensation. All in all I would say a great late afternoon tea. However, I could see myself drinking it all day.

(2nd Steep – 3 min) I noticed very little change between the first and second steeping of this tea. Possibly a little less of the drying sensation at the end, but it was minimal.

(3rd Steep – 3.5 min) The third steeping produced more of the cut-wood notes with the sweeter flavors more subtle. However, it is still a great drinking tea that has proved enjoyable all day.

I will probably continue drinking this tea in the afternoon, and probably up the initial steep time to 3 minutes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

66
22 tasting notes

A bit too much muscatel for my taste, with coppery aftertones and bitterness on the tip of my tongue. Not my favorite tea from this box, but it was better than the jasmine.

Flavors: Flowers, Metallic

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

55
70 tasting notes

I am back to review this tea for a second time, after initially disliking it and giving it a meager 15 rating. I learned some things about Darjeeling tea which I wish I’d have known the first time around and now that I’ve learned how to brew it properly, this has bumped my rating up to around a 55. That’s probably still a meager score to some, but I try to use the full range of the scale in my reviews, so that to me is fairly neutral, erring a bit on the higher side. In other words… it was enjoyable to drink, but I wouldn’t buy more of it.

But I do want to stress that it WAS enjoyable to drink. Brew this tea around 194F/90C and you are in for a treat! The flavor is rich and warm. There is an apricot-like taste up front, especially in the second steeping. It is backed by some darker bittersweet tones underneath. I brewed this tea many ways trying to find a good combination, and I can say that brewing it at any temperature above 194 made it have a very dry finish and a good deal of astringency. At 194 these are for the most part not present, though still there a bit.

This is a good tea if you treat it right! Don’t scorch it! Really, try it at a lower temp than the typical “black tea gets boiling water” and you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Flavors: Apricot, Dark Bittersweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.