Jungpana Classic Spring Black Tea

description

This is a tea that draws you in gently. Fresh, exotic tropical fruit flavors distinguish it from the other teas of the season. We especially loved the combination of the fragrant fruity notes and fresh green ones, which come together in a balanced and structured way. And despite the complex nature of the tea, it flows easily, feels accessible, and tastes delightful.

the experience

liquor

aroma

Predominantly sweet, marked by a lifted note of lychee along with hints of orange rind, fennel, and licorice.

appearance

Gold

taste

The liquor is medium-bodied and slightly brisk but well-rounded and well-balanced. It starts out clean but reveals fresh and sweet green flavors – similar to fennel, sweet lime, and licorice – around the middle. Mellow Jasmine-like notes emerge at the back but fade quickly. A crisp green note, similar to cucumber peel, is evident towards the end, though the tea finishes smooth.

COMPLEMENTS

Fresh fruit, Caprese salad, cucumber sandwich, Caesar salad

dry leaf

aroma

Sweet and vegetal, marked by notes of fresh cut grass, cooked sweet potato, and hints of toasted nuts.

appearance

Mix of long, thin, whole tightly rolled greenish-black leaves with some medium-sized loosely rolled brown-hued leaf cuttings, short bright green leaf cuttings, and powder green buds.

infusion

aroma

Vegetal with powdery hints of white flower

appearance

Mix of bright olive green and dark green leaves; some whole, some with serrated edges.

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

6 fl oz

185-194 oF

2.0 tsp / 2.5 g

4 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Lemon

Drink Plain

Sugar

PICKING DATE
Apr 11, 2017
TIME OF DAY
Afternoon
CAFFEINE
Medium
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
First
SPECIALTY
Clonal
SKU FFJPB | GRADE SFTGFOP1 | INVOICE EX-05
CERTIFICATIONS


11 Reviews

Likes

  • Great Aroma 10
  • High Quality 9
  • Freshness 7
  • Smooth Body 5
  • Unique Flavor Profile 4

Dislikes

  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 3
  • No Flavor 0
  • Strong 0
  • Weak 0

Best Served

  • Anytime 6
  • Afternoon 5
  • Dessert Tea 2
  • Evening 2
  • Morning 2

Branislav

May 13, 2017

Great Jungpana

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

I received it as a free sample and I am very satisfied. I plan to order it.

Jennifer

Aug. 5, 2015

Anytime tea

Likes : Great Aroma.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

Gets to be bitter as the tea cools.

Oyvind Saanum Eithun

June 4, 2015

Almost perfect, but not quite

Likes : Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

I prefer the clonal Jungpana to this one, but this also is a wonderful tea, if a bit too vegetal for my taste. When the tea gets cooler, it quickly get an almost woody caracter that I do not like much, so do not make it in a too large cup, or drink fast :-)

Stephen

May 24, 2015

The best spring Darjeeling I've ever had...

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon, Evening.

It's light yet rich, with lovely fruity notes. A perfect late afternoon or evening tea. Just beautiful.

Robert

May 13, 2015

Outstanding!

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Dessert Tea.

This tea is phenomenal, but a little disclaimer. The package instructions say 2 tsp @ 185-194 F for 5 minutes. If you do that the liquor will be bitter. A little word to the wise. This tea can be 2 tsp for 4:30 @ 185 max. Anything beyond that the tea will "bolt." Be careful, experiment by checking the tea every 20 seconds to find your preference. But most importantly do not overheat your water! Ok, that aside, the tea is among the best of Darjeeling's Spring Flushes, and for good reason. The aroma is fresh. The liquor is clean, well rounded, and balanced throughout. It is sweet with a great touch of pleasant astringency. Some might complain that this tea is too expensive. Well, if you had to hike the tea out of a garden on foot across sketchy rope bridges to fulfill a great demand for such teas, you'd charge a fairly high price too, wouldn't you? If you don't like the price, then perhaps try Mim as a great alternative.

Olesja

May 6, 2015

Young and refreshing

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning, Afternoon.

With a hint of floral notes, this tea is as pleasant and refreshing as you can expect from a young first flush tea. It has a slightly astringent finish which is what I was looking for, but if you are prefer a milder taste, I’d recommend brewing it for about 3 minutes.

Kitty

May 4, 2015

A lovely tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

This is lovely tea in every respect, so delightfully fresh and aromatic that I wanted to reorder it as soon as I tried it.

dmitry

April 22, 2015

Very Good, but a bit pricey

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, High Quality.

This tea is a very pleasant smooth darjeeling. It is mellow and full of body, not as light and refined as most great first flushes in this price range. The fragrance is toasty and nutty, but not as full of floral and muscatel notes as i would hope. Bottom line is i don't mind spending $40 on 100g of great tea, just this tea did not warrant the price-tag… as pleasant as it it.

Colin

March 30, 2015

Excellent afternoon tea

Likes : Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Afternoon.

I brew this tea stronger and for a shorter amount of time than recommended above, using multiple infusions. 1st infusion: 190 deg F (88 C), 4.6 g per 180 ml water, 3 min. 2nd infusion: 4 min. 3rd infusion: 5 min. The result is a light, aromatic tea with floral and fruit character. Soothing and delicious.

albert

March 23, 2015

review for 2015, an excellent year

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Afternoon, Dessert Tea.

Jungpana is a premium tea producer. This year is exceptional. The price is high, but this is one of the best ff you will taste. It is classical with great aroma and flavor. Using enough tea to get the right flavor without bitterness can be tricky. This is a connoisseurs tea. Even the second infusion is good. Slight fruitiness with a touch of sweetness. Aroma is like a bouquet of flowers. There is a slight metallic aftertaste.

John

April 25, 2014

Very pleasant first flush

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality.

Floral green aroma dry with excellent leaf form. brewed a pleasant fresh vegetal base with nice tannins and slight floral notes. Overall a very pleasant cup.

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