Darjeeling Sourenee Estate
Darjeeling District, India
- Black tea
- Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India
- Orthodox style: FTGFOP
- No European-style 'green' leaf
- Smooth 2nd flush with no assertive brightness
- Simple, pure & fresh tea aroma
- Clear amber liquor with a persimmon-colored core
Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 1 infusion at 3 - 4 minutes.
Water temperature should be 185° - 195° F
Sourenee Tea Estate, in West Bengal, India has been in operation producing highest-quality Darjeeling tea for more than 100 years.
We love the name Sourenee – a combination of the named, local hybrid (pron. ‘ser’) and the dialectic term for ‘queen of the valley’ (pron. 'renny’). Grown in the steeply-sloped and dramatically-scenic Mirik Valley region, this tea will transport you to the exotic Himalaya … right in your chair! The current goal of these tea growers is to further their established reputation for manufacturing world-class, delicious tea by the addition of organic certification (since April 2009).
During our sample tasting, we found the flavor of this 2nd Flush Sourenee to be a classic – fresh, simple, and smooth, without any harshness or astringency. Having a solid aroma that demands further investigation and a concentrated flavor that is reliable, familiar and complex, this 2nd Flush tea is stunning in its straightforward way, with the right amount of complexity to keep the most enthusiastic tea drinker interested.
This 2nd Flush tea from Sourenee is smooth and flavorful and non-assertive. We liked it so much that we purchased a sizeable lot of this tea, knowing that organic 2nd Flush Darjeeling as good as this one is hard to come by.
Excellent drunk cool or iced - and can be enjoyed hot with milk, or any addition(s) that you choose, and of course, plain.
Steeping this tea is risk-free. It will produce delicious tea even if your attention strays from close supervision. We like it steeped 4 minutes, but it is excellent when steeped any length of time between 21/2 and 5 minutes - and if you forget about it and don't pull the leaf for another minute or two it will likely not have 'bolted' and become bitter.
Tea Trekker does suggest that the water used be off the boil, as Darjeeling tea generally prefers water around 200F.
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