Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tea Review: 2015 2nd Flush Sikkim (Leafull Darjeeling House)

2015 2nd Flush Sikkim (Temi Clonal SK-24)
Leafull Darjeeling House
Type: Black (FTGFOP)
Origin: India, South Sikkim
Product Description: Available on the website(Japanese).

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of flowers, sweet oats, and seasoned wood.

The infusion is copper-red with a heady floral aroma and notes of apricots and caramelized sugar.  The taste is floral and a little woody with mild astringency and a long dry finish.

A minute or so into the finish an intriguingly fruity taste made an appearance.   A second infusion brought out similar results with a slight increase in astringency and no loss in character and a third infusion was slightly mellower with the fruity apricot aroma moving to the front.  A pleasant finish to a full-bodied tea.

This tea was purchased by me.


  1. One of my all-time favorite teas . . . but it's not a Darjeeling. It's in a completely different state than West Bengal. Sikkim is second smallest state in India, and Temi is the only garden in it.

    1. Thanks for catching that! Being from a shop that sells almost exclusively Darjeeling teas made for a too-easy assumption. I've updated the post and now I want to more about Temi tea.