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 – it is a combination of the named, local hybrid tea bush (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, wherever you are!
I think that this Darjeeling is my current favorite 1st Flush from the 2020 harvest. The size of the leaf is outstanding – and shows the type of hand-rolling that brings to mind technique rarely seen outside of China or Nepal. This requires that the proper amount of leaf is used, which by volume seems to be a lot, but is correct by weight; and the leaf re-steeps two or even three times, which I like. rjh Dec 31, 2020
During our sample tasting, we found the flavor of this 1st Flush Sourenee tea to be a classic – fresh, straightforward, and smooth, without any harshness and with almost perfect astringency. Having an intense aroma that demands further investigation (and then well-deserved appreciation) and a concentrated flavor that is reliable, familiar and complex, this 1st Flush tea is stunning in its straightforward way, with the right amount of complexity to keep the most enthusiastic tea drinker interested. It is very mouth-filling and full of wonderful, deep flavour notes, while at the same time offering the fresh tea flavor that one expects from a 1st Flush Darjeeling tea. When steeped with a slightly generous measure (as we prefer to do) the liquor develops into a stunning copper/amber colour that we find delightful. We are often tempted to steep a second cup too, and although lighter overall, we find it enjoyable and worth the effort.
This 1st Flush tea from Sourenee is smooth, flavorful, and non-aggressive. We liked it so much that we purchased a sizeable lot of this tea, knowing that organic 1st Flush Darjeeling tea that is as good as this one is can be hard to come by. A current goal of the owners of this tea estate is to further their established reputation for manufacturing world-class, delicious tea by the addition of organic certification (since April 2009). We celebrate their decade of success with that!
Excellent drunk cool or iced (it is an excellent tea for blending into an ‘Arnold Palmer’™) – and when enjoyed hot it can be drunk with milk, or any addition(s) that you choose, and of course, plain.