Namring Upper Imperial Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea

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Almond, Butter, Chestnut, Coriander, Cream, Grass, Hay, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Rose, Wood
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5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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An exotic peak season invoice from the iconic upper namring plantations at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The tea boasts of a smooth, fragrant, succulent and delightfully sweet flavor profile, a character intrinsic and unique to the finest batches of spring teas grown in Darjeeling. The complex profile of the tea is like a melody of fresh fruits and flowers. The leaves are tippy with a glazed silver appearance preparing a bright golden liquoring cup. The naturally sweet cuppa presents an intense aroma and leaves a fabulous impression on your palate. A must try if you posses a weakness for Darjeeling teas.

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Alright everyone, we have another sample sipdown to celebrate. I polished this one off earlier in the evening. At this point, I am beginning to think that I’m starting to get a better handle on what to expect from first flush Darjeelings. This one was interesting. It reminded me a little of the Goomtee Exotic (a tea that wasn’t bad, but didn’t do as much for me as the others I have recently tried), but I found it to be much smoother and more floral.

I prepared this tea Western style. I steeped 3 grams of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves produced subtle floral, grassy, nutty aromas. After infusion, I detected scents of grass, hay, malt, rose, and nuts. In the mouth, I immediately detected mellow, surprisingly refined and well-integrated notes of almond, chestnut, nutmeg, malt, butter, cream, grass, coriander, and hay that were soon balanced by impressions of spring honey, rose, Muscatel, and wood. The finish was gentle with a slight astringency. I was still able to detect faint, lingering impressions of butter, cream, malt, Muscatel, rose, and wood.

This was such a nice tea. At first, I was a little uncertain about it, but once my nose and mouth became accustomed to it, it really grew on me. I came to see it as a subtler, sweeter, more sophisticated version of some of the Gopaldhara and Goomtee Darjeelings I have tried recently.

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Chestnut, Coriander, Cream, Grass, Hay, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Rose, Wood

5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

After reading this note on Namring Upper Imperial Darjeeling First Flush and teepland’s note on Goomtee Exotic Darjeeling First Flush Organic, I am about ready to go into a Darjeeling frenzy! I’d take a bath in Darjeeling tea if I could! Better place my Vahdam order quickly!


^^ hahahahaha!!! :)


They have a sampler for first flush darjeeling.


Thanks, Ken! I saw the sampler – Still…….. These two sound so incredible, and there is the 20% off. Oh me! Darjeeling decisions!


Teatotaler: keep in mind that eastkyteaguy wasn’t as impressed with the Goomtee Exotic Darjeeling as I was, and he is much better at noticing the subtle flavors than I am. If you’re trying to decide which Vahdam products to buy, you’re safer going with his reviews than mine… :)


Thanks, teepland. I really appreciate that. I do, however, like that the Goomtee is organic. On the other hand, as Ken pointed out, there is the sampler, so that may be a better option after all. :)


Update I just signed up with Vahdam and ordered the Arya Diamond Darjeeling First Flush Organic. I can’t wait to drink it!

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