No. 71 Darjeeling Chamong FTGFOP1

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Herbs, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Muscatel, Straw, Toast
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, Chamong Tea Estate produces some of the best organic tea in the region. First flush begins in Late March and lasts for about 30 – 45 days where each bush is plucked of its new growth every 7 days. This particular lot of tea has a light toasty aroma and flavor with nuances of pistachios, nectarines and freshly cut flowers.


Biodynamic first flush Darjeeling from whole leaves.

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Backlogging a bit…

On one of my all-to-regular Monday visits to Smith HQ, I had the pleasure of trying this. It was my first Darjeeling of the 2012 batch, and – boy – was it different. Where most first flushes taste like spring leaves and spices, this had an added toasty element I didn’t quite expect. With the spicy-grape and leafy underpinning, this was a more-than-pleasant intro to the new Darjeeling crop.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Sounds VERY nice!

Geoffrey Norman

It is. Quite different from the usual fair.


looks like I’m going to need to get my husband to take me to Smith’s shop again!

Geoffrey Norman

I would say yes. I’m there usually once a week.

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I’m slowly, but steadily catching up on my reviews. This past week was an absolute killer for me. I have been put in a position where I am forced to put in extra hours at work, and to top it off, I have been dealing with an absolutely brutal heat wave that has rocked this area. It wouldn’t be such a big deal for me if I weren’t very sensitive to both light and heat, or if I worked a job where I did not have to spend so much time outside. I spent Friday on a mandatory outing with my vocational rehabilitation clients that required me to spend more than four consecutive hours outdoors in direct sunlight. The temperature was a little over 90 F, but with a high UV index and high humidity, it felt more like 111 F. Needless to say, I came home sick and exhausted. Saturday was about as bad. I already wasn’t in the best shape from the day before, but when I went out into 89 F heat that felt like 108 F to do my weekend errands, my body decided it had enough after only a couple of hours. I spent the rest of my Saturday curled up in bed, fighting off persistent nausea, stomach cramps, and an unbearable headache. Times like these make me wish I could move back to Canada, or at least a little farther north in the U.S.

Okay, so I got all of that out of the way. The conditions above have kept me from drinking much tea lately, and on the occasions I do allow myself the opportunity, I haven’t had much time or energy to write reviews. Just one more to go after this one though, and I will be caught up for the past week. I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion. I steeped 1 teaspoon of this tea in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 5 minutes.

In the glass, this tea showed a brilliant gold. Mild aromas of straw, herbs, toast, malt, lemon zest, and Muscat grape were present on the nose. In the mouth, I detected well-integrated notes of honey, malt, cream, toast, herbs, straw, lemon zest, and Muscat grape. The finish was delicate and mildly astringent, offering lingering impressions of herbs, malt, lemon zest, and Muscat grape.

This is a nice, straight-forward Darjeeling. It is a little fruitier and maltier than I was expecting. I typically tend to associate first flush Darjeelings with grassy, spicy, herbal, and straw-like aromas and flavors, but this one is balanced and offers a somewhat greater Muscat presence than I was anticipating. As far as I’m concerned, this is another respectable offering from Steven Smith Teamaker.

Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Muscatel, Straw, Toast

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

The humidity here in Toronto has been so oppressive this summer that I think you need to rethink your escape to Canada plans. Truly relentless.


I’ve heard it’s been awful up there this summer. Perhaps Yellowknife is nice this time of year? I would honestly go anywhere to escape the feeling of being cooked every time I step outside.


To be fair though, the heat and humidity you guys are experiencing now is like an average day from May-October here.

Evol Ving Ness

We have had the humidex of over 40 degrees Centigrade.

Evol Ving Ness

Edmonton is nice this time of year. Little or no humidity.


That is truly disgusting. I lived in Quebec briefly as a teenager and can only recall maybe 5 or 6 days like what we are both experiencing now.

Evol Ving Ness

Toronto tends to be far more humid than Quebec and far more often. The humidity here appears to be getting worse and staying for longer. Global warming is no serving us well.

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