2013 NAMRING-POOMONG UPPER FTGFOP1 Darjeeling First Flush EX1 2013

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Poomong, near the famous Tiger Hill, is one of the three gardens belonging to the prestigious Namring tea plantation, created by the British in 1855. Their tea trees, resistant to the cold and the high altitudes, are arranged between 1370 and 1525 metres and impart a remarkable character to the tea.

Taking advantage of an ingenious irrigation system designed to combat the effects of drought, this parcel of land oriented toward the south and caressed by the gentle winds has delivered us a world-premiere event – the very first Darjeeling Nouveau 2013 in January!

This exceptional harvest of Namring-Poomong Upper 2013 is selected and reserved exclusively for Mariage Frères.

Leaves: Jade green, elegant, delicately gathered by hand, rich in silver tips
Nose: Magnificent aromas of sandal wood and camphor tree, held up by sweet notes of cotton candy
Liquor: Silver yellow with a balanced, even texture – alpine and sparkling – the cup is marked by tonalities of fresh almond and fruity notes of white cherry and starfruit, gaily evolving toward the fruity, floral and sweet register of canteloupe.
As marvelous as the first light of dawn.

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This was my cup of the morning. I meant to reach for the Margaret’s Hope FF, but put this one into my teapot instead. The infuser was still damp from being washed, so I couldn’t put the leaves back. I was hoping I would like this tea better the second time drinking it…

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This has that wonderful bitter-almond-gyokuro type taste that I’ve only experienced in a first flush Darjeeling. It has a nice mouth feel as well (“sparkling”, as MF say in their blurb, sums it up nicely), and some hints of sweetness.

First steeping was 90 deg C for 3 mins, which worked well for me, although I didn’t get the cantaloupe flavours mentioned above. Maybe next time…!

Definitely not one for someone who only likes black teas, as it has a very ‘green’ flavour, making it quite a nice choice for a daytime tea. That said it may be a bit light for some people first thing.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Try steeping the tea at 95C for four minutes. I thought this tea was light in flavor yet when I increased the amount of tea I used, increased both the temperature and steeping time, it brought out more flavor and body of the tea.

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