I have tasted so few Sikkim teas that I’m walking into this review a bit blind. From what I remember of the last one I tried years ago, they are a bit like a Darjeeling. The aroma of the dry leaf is very characteristic of a Darjeeling, so I’m looking forward to this review.
Baraka Teas sourced this tea from the Temi Tea Garden, a garden located in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. The tea is grown at an altitude between 3,500 and 6,000 feet.
I am a big fan of Darjeeling teas, so I have to say that this tea was spot on for me. Compared to a many other Darjeeling, this Sikkim seemed sweeter and less dry, but it doesn’t have the strong muscatel flavours and body that you can find in some Darjeelings. Infusing it for a longer time with slightly higher water temperatures does pull out some muscatel and earthy notes that are not as apparent in short infusions, but you will find the astringency and dry aftertaste stronger. Personally, I like a short, cooler infusion. It is an ideal afternoon or post-dinner tea.
Retail price: 50 gram pouch for £10