Namring Poomong Upper FTGFOP1 EX1/2014 Darjeeling First Flush 2014

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Camphor, Floral, Green, Lavender
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “I’m a little slow on my tasting notes on this one, and for tasting it as much as I did, I’m kicking myself for not writing more! As the tea first brewed, it was very green in appearance, with a...” Read full tasting note
    76
  • “At the risk of sounding ignorant, I am going to call this tea the Assamica version of Bai Mu Dan, which consists of first flush silver bud/two leaf mix. The tea is classified as black on Steepster...” Read full tasting note
    84

From Mariage Frères

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.

Leaves: glistening pearly-coloured silver buds amidst jade-green leaves, they exhale aromas of white flowers, hazelnut, and golden sesame.
Nose: delectable inflections of vanilla and baked Comice pear with a fresh hint of poppy.
Liquor: the crystalline robe in Forsythia-yellow brightens the palate with a bouquet of young lily and almond flower, followed by joyfully fruity bursts of pomegranate, lychee and white fig.
Its ample body enhances sweet variations recalling cotton flower, refined and elegant.

A dazzling cru, brilliant as a clear sky.

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2 Tasting Notes

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149 tasting notes

I’m a little slow on my tasting notes on this one, and for tasting it as much as I did, I’m kicking myself for not writing more!

As the tea first brewed, it was very green in appearance, with a light toasted hay and faint muscatel aroma. This grew as it brewed to a light mead/honey like flavor that slowly turned to flowers and fruits like nectarines and white peaches.

The tea itself was quite fruity to me, I tasted honey-dew melon and white peaches, with a faint muscatel grape. A faint honeysuckle flower. The fruit became more pronounced the colder the tea became. When I re-steeped the tea I got a nice woody-oak zest.

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90 tasting notes

At the risk of sounding ignorant, I am going to call this tea the Assamica version of Bai Mu Dan, which consists of first flush silver bud/two leaf mix. The tea is classified as black on Steepster for previous years, Mariage Freres refers to the leaves as green, and silver tips can be considered a white tea. Someone who knows more about Darjeeling tea can edit the description as needed.

Used 1 tbsp leaves in 140 ml gaiwan, just under boiling water, quick steep. Tea is same color as other white teas I’ve had, ranging from clear to yellow brown. Similar peony taste, and I got a sniff of lavender on the first steep, and camphor in the taste. A little sharper and more astringent than Bai Mu Dan, which is welcome, it cuts the floral taste a little.

Would serve this to my sister as a sweet love fest sort of family tea. Special event. Left to my own devices, though, I can be found digging in my puerh fridge for dirty, wet, fruity, cigar flavored earth.

Flavors: Camphor, Floral, Green, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 5 OZ / 140 ML
boychik

“dirty, wet, fruity, cigar flavored earth” thats the image im going to have in my head every time i drink shou.

mrmopar

Ha Ha you got one of those fridges also? Glad to know I am not alone and will not have to attend the meetings alone. I will just grab Cwyn as she is in the same boat.

Cwyn

Oh man, lolz. I had this image of a flying fridge landing in the boat and crashing a hole in the bottom.

SFTGFOP

Yeah this tea definitely has a green color to it, but I think it is still considered a black due to the length of oxidation the leaves are supposed to undergo.

Excelsior

Interesting brewing method.

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