Darjeeling TeaXpress 2012 Darjeeling Autumn Flush Sourenee Bio-Organic Black Tea

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, mottled greens and browns with some golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: reddish amber

I love all types of tea but I’ve been on a big Darjeeling kick lately. This lovely autumn flush only served to feed the addiction. It was full bodied and earthy with a subtle floral quality. I could also taste a hint of chocolate. I don’t mean to say that it tasted like anything Hershey’s might produce but it had a richness similar to raw cacao. There was a really interesting cooling affect in the aftertaste. It wasn’t quite minty but almost reminded me of a Ricola cough drop. That might not sound very appetizing but trust me, it’s a good thing. It wasn’t bitter but a refreshing astringency kept things brisk and interesting. I was fighting of a bout of bronchitis when I wrote this review and this tea offered some welcome relief. The cooling affect that I had noted was particularly soothing for my sore throat. This is the first tea that I’ve tried from the Sourenee Estate and one that I won’t soon forget.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.