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hello fresh malty nutty simplicity. direct and juicy.
i can see why everyone likes this as much as they do.
thank you moraiwe! delish!
i think i may be very out of it due to only getting about 3 hours sleep. and i think i may have steeped this tea in not-hot-enough water. and i think i may have slipped into a worm hole because i’m certain this past hour has only lasted 20 min.
forgive me moraiwe but i’m gonna have to review this properly one i become my self again. thanks for the lovely sample!
(posted last night at maybe 2am…)
i’m gonna drink this tea tomorrow.
but i’m up late and full of wine and wanna talk to my steepsters.
this episode of Merlin is good. the second season has much better acting/writing/development. like MUCH BETTER. i’ve cheered at least 5 times during this episode. (yes i’m a cheerer.) (you expected nothing less i’m sure.) plus Gilbet from Being Human is in it. i loved that guy!!
also, did you know how many people are in the Captain America movie? i mean, Thorin (Richard Armitage), and Matrix guy/Star Trek baddie (Hugo Weaving), and even Clara (the impossible girl) from Doctor Who. i only watched the first half of the movie again because, well, i MAY have read some Avengers slash. and i MAY have needed to see the Cap meet papa Stark. maybe.
also, bonus! …my phone texting turns Armitage into ‘armpit age’. which made me laugh so hard i almost shot wine out of my nose.
apparently this week i hate sleeping and fandom will carry me through.
6g / 400ml glaspot.
One infusion for 3m @ 100C
Hm, this tea has somewhat of a sharpness to it. Heavy astringency on the aftertaste.
I do prefer first flush darjeelings. This is perhaps a decent breakfast tea, with some toast and marmelade.
The dry leaf looks amazing and the infusion is a lovely reddish gold.
But the taste is somewhat of a dissapointment to me. Iv´eonly tried one other second flush and that was better.
Will have to try some more SF before i make up my mind about them.
The second flush teas for 2013 will be out soon. In the mean time i will go berzerk on the 3 new FF teas ordered. Especially the Singbulli from their Tingling division :)
Does anyone else have one of those teas that you keep around for when you need to unwind? This is mine. It’s is pretty much a perfect 2nd Flush Darjeeling and hasn’t let me down yet.
Used 8g / 400ml in a glasspot.
The infusion is very pale yellow and smells very fresh.
The taste is mild and even. Refreshing and sweet with just a hint of astringency. A bit nutty and veggy?
Perfect in the evening. It compares to the best chinese whites BUT cant handle more then 2 infusions where the second infusion is kinda pale compared to the first cup.
This tea brews a rich dark amber and tastes like liquid ambrosia! As indicated by its name, the tea was musky, but also persisting were those notes of chocolate and floral, as well as sweet and nutty. The flavor here is divine and wonderfully nuanced. I don’t quite know where to start. It was musky, flowery, toast, nutty, a little smoky, with a sweet floral finish that lingered and lingered.
Where to start…
Today was a far busier day than anticipated. I was up far too late the night before catching up on reruns of Once Upon a Time. (Seriously, that show’s amazing.) I mean to roust by 10AM, but that turned into more like…after noon. The final wake-up call was a literal call from my mother informing me of a job fair.
I did that, I applied for food stamps, I went to a work resource center. And I did all with little or no caffeine. I didn’t have my first cup of tea until the end of my poor-man errands – a meager teabagged Ceylon in a travel mug. (It was okay…but lukewarm by the time I got to it.)
When I came home, feeling like the poverty-stricken, out-of-work schmo that I was…I decided it was time for something highbrow. Ain’t nothing more highbrow than a Darjeeling white – let alone a Darj-white from Arya’s “jewel tea” collection. Lucky for me, it was perfect…and…
I felt like a raj.
If only for an afternoon.
In a sweater and khaki pants.
Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com
I love having a cup o’ perfect in the morning. I tore open the back..and smelled cocoa. I tasted it…and sipped cocoa. I’m just…floored by this. It was like a Yunnan Jin Cha and a Taiwanese Ruby 18 made sweet-sweet love and popped out a Himalayan lovechild.
Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com
The Darjeeling kick continues. This time, I had my second 2012 from the Sungma estate. Loved their other first flush I had, and this one was almost just as great. It didn’t taste like an OP at all. It was so fresh-seeming, it came across more like a Darjeeling green tea than a black. Spicy as all heck, though, which I like from a good first flush.
I brewed a pot of this, and practically forgot about the last (over-)steep. It tasted like grapefruit. That’s okay, I like grapefruit. I liked this. Eh, ’nuff said. Good way to start (late) on a Saturday.
Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com
Weird…Steepster doesn’t seem to like the picture of this particular second flush Darjeeling. Oh well…(le shrug)
Took me awhile to get up and moving today, even after feeding the pets. As I write this, I’m still in my pajamas. (I know, shocker.) I decided to notch off one of the new Arya estate teas I received from Thunderbolt. This one wasn’t a part of their coveted “Jewel” series, but that was no matter.
It certainly was jewel-worthy, though, imparting (or rather, throwing) everything it possibly could at my tongue: toastiness, nutmeg, buckwheat, malt, cocoa, caramel, muscatel, rose wine, nut-sweetness, kitchen sinks, unicorns, et al.
It’s funny that I’m on a Darjeeling kick in the Fall, but I ain’t turnin’ back.
Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com
Everyone and their kitchen sink was singing the praises of this one. It was getting mildly frustrating, especially since I hadn’t even heard of the Turzum estate before. This was the first invoice of Turzum’s first flush crop. And it shows.
If there’s one thing that can be said for the aroma and appearance, it’s that it screams, “FRESH!!!” Like a good first flush should, it brewed light, tasted light, but carried with it so many flavor sensations – some requisite for a Darjeeling, others new. A damn fine first of the first.
Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com
Greek choruses intoned.
My heaven, this was perfect.
Taster notes? Who needs taster notes…angels singing!!!
A full review, though, will be pending on www.teaviews.com
Today, I bid adieu to the last of my 2011 Castleton Moonlight 2nd Flush. It was a good run. (sniffles) But how I part ways with it the only way I can in the summer…as a pint of iced tea. And to that end, it held up spectacularly. You were the best of the best of last year’s Darjeelings, dear Moonlight. Cue bagpipes!
Another awesome Darjeeling from Thunderbolt Tea! The dry leaves are even more varigated and tippy [& more furry too!] than the Sungma. The leaves are very sweet-like cake with caramel icing. Or is it vanilla?? The tea also exhibits a mildly fruity & floral nose. Steeping leaves are more vegetal, sweet, fruity & floral…….with what seems like a light minty quality. The wet leaves are sweet and vegetal, with a crisp fruity character, a mild spiciness, & an ever so gentle, nutty aspect as well.
Cup is very light yellow-orange color, with a sweeter, more floral nose than the Sungma previously cupped. A definite buttery aroma is very apparent as well. Initial tasting is very smooth & mild on my palate, with a buttery texture. The tea transforms with a crisp, brisk tang [not harsh] or spice on my palate! Along with this zesty character comes mild fruits & almonds. A pleasant & mild astringency lingers on my palate to complete a wonderful tea experience! :))
There’s nothing like this extraordinary Darjeeling from the Turzum Estate to complete a wonderful day! It’s also the perfect way to mark my one year Anniversary on Steepster, as well as my 100th tasting review!! Steep on Steepies!! :D
Cupped & Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.
As you can see by the picture the leaves are well varigated multi-green and medium brown leaves, with a nice amount of white tips that are well twisted. The dry aroma is very fresh & sweet, smelling mostly like white chocolate, with mild spice note, & even more mild fruit aromas.
Steeping aromas were fruity & nut-like [akin to almonds] with a sweetness I attribute to white chocolate. Wet leaves themselves are mostly green shades, with lighter white tipped & light brown colors. As far as wet leaf aromas, there is a combination of light fruits & flowers, lightly minty and spicey [light peppery notes]. The leaves are large and well shaped for a FF Darjeeling.
The cup is a light yellow-orange color with rather mild aromas. So fresh & sweet, it smells lightly vegetal and nutty at the same time. The flavors on my palate are slightly deeper & still mild, with a vegetal quality and mild almonds. I cannot place the fruits that present themseves on my palate. I get frustrated sometimes when I’m at a loss of words. :// There is also a gentle spiciness and flowery quality on the back of my tongue. The elusive flowery bouquet is fresh and light-much like a distant flower garden ready to be enjoyed.
From start to finish this Sungma Darjeeling is great, & one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to drink! :)) There is also little to no astringency on my palate at 3:15. Sometimes, when a tea like this frustrates me, it is only because it is truly great. It is the beauty of the tea & the experience, that words cannot describe. I’ve accepted that and done my best, but sometimes words and descriptions cannot fully explain true beauty-even if you can reach out & touch it, or in this case taste it! :D
Cupped & Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.
I decided to add roughly 1 tsp to previously steeped leaves, and it was a completely different and delicious cup of tea. :)) [3:00 minutes at 195-200F]. While the tea was steeping, the liqour was sweeter, & also more fruity & nutty. In addition, the wet leaves had greater fruity, minty & vegetal qualities.
The cup color was still a translucent medium orange, with aromatics such as a heartier buttery sweetness, an enhanced almond scent, & more pronounced fruits. The flavors tasted were also deeper: fruits, nuts, butter & the spicy character. All of these flavors played on my palate, with a noticeable, pleasantly mild astringency. :)) Although not the case with this exemplary tea, when I prepare a second cup by adding leaves as noted above, sometimes the astringency can be a bit too much-even for me. :))
Each cup was delicious, with the first cup being more mild and elusive. The second cup was still mild, while being a little more savory, & I did enjoy the temperate, palate pleasing astringency. :))
Cupped: Thursday, July 12, 2012. Updated Review: Friday, July, 13, 2012.
Thanks to ScottTeaMan for sending some of this my way!
I was interested to try this, my first tea from Goomtee. I have also been curious as to how long you can keep a FF darjeeling around. Do they age well? Do they change? Do they get stale, etc.
So I just read Scott’s tasting note to give me some clues about this tea. I steeped it up and it’s a light orange with a nice, sweet aroma. This seems to me like a classic darjeeling flavor as I’m picking up on a bit of muscatel. I think I am picking up on a bit of lime as well as some gentle spicy notes. This has a bit more astringency than is optimal for me but it’s a very relaxing and elegant tea experience.
Try #2 – Resteeping it with even cooler temperature this time around (probably 180). Steeped for only 1.5 minutes or so. I like it better this way, it is has an almost candy like sweetness…
P.S. – my tea is less furry than the one in the photo. :)
I have a presentation to give and I’m nervous. Channeling the gods of tea to wish me luck…
By the way this stuff is awesome (see previous notes) & thanks to ScottTeaMan for sharing!
A beautiful tea with a fascinating flavor. The leaves are a nice fresh-looking green, with little sign of any rough handling. The taste is perhaps too mild – my first steep, I wasn’t sure if I was drinking tea or the idea of tea. My second steep, I’ve left the leaves in the cup – no straining (I’ve enjoyed a number of whiter teas this way). Even so, the liquor has only the slightest tint to it. The flavor is still fairly mild, but it’s definitely easier to enjoy this way. I get primarily a lemon-ness – more tangy lemon zest than the lemon fruit itself, but slightly floral, so maybe what a lemon blossom might taste like, and also a slight creamy melon-y quality.
I’m not rating this a full 100%, and it’s not quite the best tea I’ve ever had, but I’m not sure why. It seems practically perfect in every way.
WOOF!! WOOF!! Hello…….My name is Lotis. Six years ago today, I was adopted & brought home…….NO FOOLIN’! I was rescued & kept in a cage for long hours until I found this nice home (or it found me)! I didn’t trust such a strange place, and I even bit Scott a few times-I didn’t trust him either. I was so confused & scared, but he never hit me. :))
Woof!! Woof!! He let me bark, and played ball with me. I played with my squeaky ball, and I played with & ate icy cubes! We still like to do these things, and more! Sometimes we go for walkies, and I still like to chase outside kitties! Lately, I haven’t done that…….sometimes my leg hurts. :// I really like to eat my food with Scott, and sometimes he mixes treats with it. When I go potty outside he gives me even MORE TREATS! :))
Woof!! Woof!! After I eat, I lay under Scott’s feet and sometimes I get sleepy, and catch myself snoring. He pets me alot. I like when he rubs my head, puppy ears, my moustache, and sometimes I let him rub my belly! He always says I’m sssoooo soft, and a good puppy, good buddy, and a good boy. He tells me I have pretty eyes.
Woof!! Woof!! Sometimes, when he drinks tea, I lay by him. Sometimes he drinks tea for a llooong time. He must have had some good tea today, because “good” is a word I understand, and he kept saying it over and over. Sometimes, I look at him & think, “ARE YOU TALKING TO ME??” [Head tilt]
Woof!! Woof!! So, now I am very happy, and I know I make him happy too! We really are good buddies. I even have a soft, warm puppy bed next to Scott’s. I really like sleeping on it, but I haven’t been too often lately. I’m trying to tell him I need a new puppy bed!
Woof!! Woof!! So, we’ll keep doing what we do-eating, playing & chasing kitties (as much as I can), walking, sleeping, snoring, AND I like riding in the car, and so much more! Scott will keep drinking his good tea. I’ll do my best to be a good boy, and we will ALWAYS be good buddies! :)) WOOF!! WOOF!! :)) [wags tail] WOOF!! WOOF!!
Sunday, April 1, 2012.
What the ??…….I’ll have keep an eye on Lotis! I never knew he was so good with computers! :)) I agree with everything Lotis said. Now for a more in depth tea review.
I just heart Darjeeling teas, and this one is no exception. From the bag the aroma didn’t wow me, but while the tea was steeping that changed greatly. I was smelling artichoke characteristics in the steeping cup. In the wet leaves this is more apparent. The leaves are the greenest I’ve ever seen for a first flush Darjeeling, with only a sparse amount of brown leaves. I thought I also noticed a light nuttiness in the wet leaves.
The cup was a light orange color with a sweet aroma emanating from the cup. Darjeelings can sometimes be tough for me to describe. This one was fresh, with mint-like qualities, and fruity like a beautiful Spring day. There is something about this Goomtee though, and I wanted to pin it down-be more descriptive.
As I swirled this tea over my palate it really seemed to sparkle, and POP! Like a sparkling beverage (soda or cider). Sparkling, not like carbonation, but in relation to the way it reacted to my palate. The artichoke aspects were present, but there was (IS) more. Fresh minty qualities came through. Fruity…….but what fruit? The best or closest fruit I can come up with to accurately describe this is LIME, or lime zest. I’ve heard it described in FF Darjeelings before, but I’ve never came close to tasting it until now. :))
This Goomtee is very flavorful. On the palate there is good presence, without being heavy or overly astringent on the tongue. After swallowing, there is only mild astringency in my mouth! What I taste and remember most is sparkling, minty limes, like tropical heaven.
I could drink this 24/7, but I will pace myself and savor every sip-every moment! Like Lotis, this tea is a wonderful gift in my life! :))
Cupped & Reviewed: Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Thanks to Scott Tea Man for sending me this lovely sample!
This is yummy, after steeping the wet leaves smell like lemon and pepper, they are still so green and olive…
I don’t have a lot of experience with darjeelings but I thought this was a beautiful cup of tea. Light orangish and yellow in color with a definite intoxicating floral & sandalwood aroma. The flavors are so delicious and light. I am getting a bit of butter pecan nuttiness to start, delicate floral flavors mingled with a pineapple sort of sweetness and then a bit of lingering astringency in the finish but a very moist and refreshing mouthfeel. OMG! When are the 2012 first flush teas coming from Thunderbolt??
I don’t know if it is just my imagination but teas from darjeeling and nepal always seem to have the most profound influence on my mind – expanding but relaxed at the same time. This would be a good tea for meditation and reflection. Sweet! Yum!
I did a resteep also and although lighter, it was still delicious – thanks again Scott!
Thanks to ScottTeaMan for this lovely sample. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get around to trying some… this tea seems like it has a personality complex and does not know if it’s a white tea or an oolong.
After steeping the wet leaves smell quite floral and relaxing so I know I am in for a treat of some kind. :))
I steeped this for around 90 seconds in 180 F or so water and I was not skimpy with the leaf. My cup is light yellow and quite delicate. The flavor is lightly sweet like sweet peas or corn, but also floral with a honeysuckle like quality. Very relaxing and aromatic and some slightly creamy elements in the finish. This is quite nice, almost intoxicating!
Second steep is also wonderful… a little buttery but with some crazy, wonderful Himalayan floral thing going on. It reminds me a bit of the White Shangri-La from Rare Tea Republic.
I will be looking out for more teas like this from Thunderbolt. Thanks for sharing Scott. :)
Thanks to ScottTeaMan for sending me a generous sample of this (the 2010 version)
So my cold has now moved into a chest cold (ugh), I think my taste buds are back but I may come back and revisit this one soon when I am a bit healthier. I steeped it at around 190 F for 3 minutes, I am guessing. I’m getting some light spicy notes in addition to very fruity ones. I am getting sweet grape, for sure, not muscatel per se but perhaps some white grape. I know this is supposed to be a green tea but it the color, when brewed, really just reminds me of a first flush darjeeling, it’s a light amber.
I always worry about excessive astringency with the darjeeling region teas but this one seems more on the mellow side which I am enjoying this morning. I think I would also like to try cold brewing this to see what happens. Thanks again for the great sample Scott…
This tea is a beatiful tea, with elongated leaves that to me looked brownish, but the description states they are dark green. I’ll take a closer look next time. There is a numerous amount of white tips. When I opened the bag, I couldn’t believe my nose. I immediately smelled white chocoloate, with lesser almond aromas. What a terrific aroma! It truly did remind me of a 2nd flush Darjeeling, but a White tea as well. The huge leaves and the white furry tips reminded me of a snow buds white, but the nuttiness reminded me of a Bai Mu Dan. The wet leaves looked brown/olive green and smelled of woods, almonds, malty, and slightly chocolately? (I’m asking myself-yes, slightly chocolatey). I wasn’t getting any floral or fruity notes, but my clogged sinuses might be to blame.
Now the color in the cup reminded me of an Oolong with its’ yellow and lightly golden hue. The first cup was so sweet, VERY creamy, and delicious!! It tasted of nutty almonds (as if there is any other kind), like a second flush Darjeeling and a Bai Mu Dan white tea. I didn’t notice any floral or fruity notes in any of my three cups.
My second cup was similar in all respects to the first, except the flavors and aromas were at their strongest. The cup aroma was more in line with a second flush Darjeeling, and even more nutty, creamy, malty and delicious! Steeped 1.5 minutes at 195 degrees.
Last cup was weaker, but still quite smooth, sweet and delicious.The malty quality was still there and there was a light astringency in my mouth-and that’s a good thing. :)) I steeped this cup in boiling water for 3 minutes. The spent leaves are huge and I could still see the distinction of multi hued leaves. In a nutshell a truly pleasant, calming tea experience. I can’t say that enough! :))
Cupped and Reviewed: Saturday, February 11, 2012.
I was excited to try this Singbulli Estate tea, because all of my limited experiences with this estate have been very positive. I cupped this Friday night and had a great tea experience. When I opened the bad I smelled a mildly nutty aroma. Let me say that this tea wasn’t as aromatic as I thought it would be. I warmed my cup and strainer, put the dry leaves in, and the nutty aroma intensified. I steeped my first cup as noted and could smell nothing but the fresh leaf. Wow! I smelled fresh minty and nutty aromatics rising from my cup to greet me!
The wet leaves were varigated shades of green and brown and smelled clean, crisp, and refreshing-with more pronounced minty and almond-like character. I also recognized some fruity florals too. The cup itself was a very inviting bright orange color with the same characteristics mentioned above.
When I taste Darjeelings like this my mouth usually waters anticipating the flavors of the tea. What I experienced was a very balanced cup, full of minty, fruity, nutty deliciousness! Really fresh, crisp and invigorating. :)) Usually at a three minute steep, there is a proud astringent bite that dances on my tongue. The astringency with this Singbulli is still quite noticeable-it is a Darjeeling after all. It is more tolerable and milder, as the astringency doesn’t dance loudly, or dare I say, stomp on my palate. It is much more playful and mild, still proud, but not conceited, as it presents itself. It is not as mild as the Puttabong Queen I reviewed last month, so if the astringency is too much for you, try reducing the steep time and even the temperature a few degrees. :))
After midnight I had another cup just to enjoy and this cup matched the description above. What I love about Darjeelings is that they do remind me of a fresh, crisp, clear Spring day that brings nothing but comfort and joy. This Singbulli Estate Darjeeling does not disappoint. It is delicious and very satisfying! :))
Cupped: Friday & Sunday, February 10 & 12, 2012.
Reviewed: Sunday, February 12, 2012.