2013 First Flush Namring Poomong Upper FTGFOP1

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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  • “400ml of water at 195F 1 generous table spoon of tea Steep for 4 minutes 1/4 teaspoon of highly refinded suger Teapot warmed and rinsed with hot water. Tea leaves placed into the teapot and left...” Read full tasting note

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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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400ml of water at 195F
1 generous table spoon of tea
Steep for 4 minutes
1/4 teaspoon of highly refinded suger

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

This was quite unexpected. A first flush Darjeeling to arrive in JANUARY of 2013. Mariage Freres always provides a wide spectrum of Darjeelings always pushing the boundaries of what a Darjeeling should taste like. The Namring Poomong is no exception.

Very large green leaves with silver tips mixed throughout the tea. The scent of the leaves is light. The leaves yield a very yellow tea after being steeped for 4 minutes. Yet even at 4 minutes, the tea does not exhibit any atringency which gives way to the delicate flowery/fruity flavor and aroma, with a hint of nuttiness.

This is not a Darjeeling having a bite to its taste. This is a delicate and smooth tasting Darjeeling where all of the individual light flavors can be enjoyed. This tea is a worthy addition to first flush line up of Mariage Freres Darjeelings.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I added that tea a few days ago here: http://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/35451-2013-namring-poomong-upper-ftgfop1-darjeeling-first-flush-ex1-2013. I wish Steepster had an option to combine two pages.


Hmmm. Searched for this tea last night and I did not find it on the tea list. Searched again after you comment and found it. Don’t know if they can combine the two pages.


Well, I’m glad I was following you and saw this review. I’m going to try this one tonight!


Hope you like it. I’m interested in reading your thoughts on the Brumes D’Himalaya and the White Tea from Beyond the Skies. Enjoy!

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