What does “estate” tea mean, you ask? In short, it’s from a plantation’s seasonal yield without blending. Think of tea like wine – you’ve had an amazing Cab-Sav, right? The vintner chooses the grapes from different yields to produce the perfect bottle of wine – tea estates do the same thing, mixing the best of a season’s tea of the same style/region to produce a predictably amazing Assam or Nilgiri or the like. Now, if you’ve popped the cork on a lauded Merlot or Syrah, you know that it’s not only amazing, but being judged by the year’s yield of that single grape – single estate tea is in the same vein, as it’s offered as a single amazing crop of produced tea, unblended and offered “as is.” So vintage matters! Master Tea Blenders may be able to reproduce their key teas, but once an estate tea is gone, it’s gone the same way a 2011 Merlot is gone.
Temi Estate Sikkim FTGFOP-1
From $4 to $24
The Temi Estate is the only tea garden in India’s Sikkim region, and produces a range of renowned teas that bear similar characteristics to Darjeeling vintages. We’ve sourced and carry a top-grade offering – an example of Indian black tea at its very best!This tea is a rich and malty sipper, with a lingering quality that begs for just one more cup. Brisk with an air of subtlety, it lacks the deeper astringency of a Darjeeling but retains alluring top notes of wood and honey, while boasting a smooth, warming quality reminiscent of a fine wine or scotch. Moreover, it boasts flavor enough to stand up to strong spicing, making it a fantastic tea for meal pairing.
- Pairs well with cheese, curry, rich meats, and giant leather armchairs.
- Steep Time: 200°-212° for 3 minutes
- Black tea