2019 Sikkim Summer Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Astringent, Floral, Wood, Apricot, Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Chrysanthemum, Cocoa, Drying, Mango, Peony, Rose, Smooth, Spicy, Straw, Tangy, Tannin
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “Another tea from derk (thanks!), as I was looking for simple black tea and this is it. However, it is so similar to the morning green tea from Paper & Tea. I mean in terms of flavour. It is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Did you know that Sikkim state in northern India produces only organic tea? I didn’t, so that’s why I bought this tea. Also, $4 for 25g. Yes, please. The dry leaf smells very flowery with pink...” Read full tasting note
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2019 Sikkim Second Flush Summer Black Tea

Last year, around this time, we started our Ketlee journey with our Sikkim First Flush Black Tea. With the introduction of this Sikkim Summer Black Tea, things have come full circle. Like last year, this year too our signature Sikkim Tea has been handcrafted with love at the Bermiok Tea Estate. This estate has been contastantly upping the game, producing fine teas batch after batch.

This is an early second flush batch, not very dark and closer to the characteristics of first flush. The tea is full of buds with beautiful silver & yellow buds. The taste is full-bodied with intense flowery aroma with notes of rose, orchids and chrysanthemum. There are also citrus fruit notes making the cup lively. You can taste the springwater minerals of the mountain stream which flows through the estate developing the robust character in the liquor, giving it a pleasant dryness and a strong punch. An easy drinking tea, you can almost never go wrong with the brew. We recommend brewing this tea western style.

Appearance : Gold Amber

Aroma : Rose, caramel, brown sugar, peach

Taste : Floral notes of orchids, chrysanthemum with springwater sweetness and minerality

Certification : Sikkim State Organic Mission

Grade : FTGFOP1, Darjeeling and Chinary Bushes

Steeping Time : 3-4 minutes

Recommended Steeping Temperature : 90-95°C

Recommended Steeping Method : Western Style brewing

Time of Picking : 27th May 2019

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1275 tasting notes

Another tea from derk (thanks!), as I was looking for simple black tea and this is it. However, it is so similar to the morning green tea from Paper & Tea. I mean in terms of flavour. It is very simple, easydrinking cup of tea. Light tea, light astingency, rather floral notes.

Nice mouthcoating quality, but aftertaste fades quickly and leaves some wood notes in the mouth, not harsh and overall it’s quite a smooth tea.

As derk wrote, it is a nice everyday cup, but nothing phenomenal. Maybe fresher it would be better, maybe it’s not just that complex as other Indian teas.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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1239 tasting notes

Did you know that Sikkim state in northern India produces only organic tea? I didn’t, so that’s why I bought this tea. Also, $4 for 25g. Yes, please.

The dry leaf smells very flowery with pink roses and peonies and chrysanthemum on top of a spicy, woody musk. The tea hasn’t impressed me so far (maybe age-related?), being very light in flavor and rather undefined so today I increased the concentration of tea leaves and did get a more pronounced cup. The brewed aroma is sweet, soft and mild tending toward brown sugar and cocoa. Within the brisk body, I taste mostly a tangy, woody-straw flavor with lighter but still adequate notes of caramel and cocoa that follow through into a short aftertaste where buttered apricot-mango also comes out. I’d compare it to a Nepali black tea.

It’s an easy-drinker. Using less leaf gives a more floral tea. For the price you can’t go wrong, especially if you value organic farming and are looking for a cheaper alternative to Nepali teas.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Chrysanthemum, Cocoa, Drying, Floral, Mango, Peony, Rose, Smooth, Spicy, Straw, Tangy, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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