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Fresh tea straight from India! I’m actually pretty impressed it only took three days to arrive here. Before I begin, my experiences with first flush darjeelings is quite limited. I browsed around, curious to find somewhere to start. Most vendors have most of this stuff relatively high priced and depending on the garden it comes from, price fluctuates a lot.Out of a few websites, Lochan offered the cheapest available, so i went ahead and grabbed the cheapest and most expensive one they offer. (In truth though, i can’t say $8 for 100g is anywhere near expensive) Sites such as Thunderbolt and Tea Emporium charge up to and around $30 for a Thurbo first flush. Figuring I didn’t have much to lose, I put in an order. Story goes, that the wonderful folks from FedEx opened up the package from Lochan and opened up the tea too! Thankfully they only one they ripped open was the free masala chai they threw in with the order (a generous 50g too I must say) but I really didn’t care much for the chai at all so I was glad it was the only one they opened.

On to the brew, nice golden colour not getting much muscatel flavours. This one is really light tasting, a hint of malted barely sweetness and slight astringency. No spiciness from what I can tell (supposedly some first flush darjeelings have this flavour profile). It was not as fruity as I was hoping for, but still makes a nice cup of tea. The leaves are mostly broken but not dust like small. I’m actually currently preferring my Nilgiri Parkside from CS more than this, but as far as value goes Lochan has done fairly well. I cannot comment on how this would compare to a higher grade darjeeling and I am curious to find out really, how much of a difference it would make.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Indigobloom

has mine gotten there yet? I sent it before the strike started so it should be there last week! silly canada post…

politicalmachine

hmm not yet! I really have no idea whats going on for mail, I haven’t received any at all since Monday. Well… the ad mail is still coming… go figure. lol

Indigobloom

really? we get sporadic mail here. Mostly ad mail like you said! ha. I hope it didn’t get lost.

Jessie

Wow, Lochan has great prices! Definitely bookmarking them.

Jessie

Okay, so I couldn’t help but place an order with those prices. But as soon as I got the confirmation, I panicked. I know tea is exempt from customs, but I just had a really awful experience with UPS shipping something (not tea) from the US. Did you incur any kind of brokerage fees with your package?

politicalmachine

Most likely they will be shipping it FedEx Intl Economy. I wouldn’t really worry as Lochan declared all the tea they sent me to be of “samples” and marked each 50g packet with a value of 30c.. so basically no customs, no taxes to worry about. However, the customs people decided to rip open my package…
Which ones did you get?

Jessie

I got the Assam and Jungpana and Sourenee first flushes. He’s actually shipped this by DHL which I’m not familiar with. I paid $25 to UPS in “brokerage fees” for an item I paid $29 for last week. The experience has scarred me!

politicalmachine

If it was from the states, UPS ground charges crazy fees. So sometimes shipping via UPS express is better. Not too sure how DHL works, but internationally they are quite reputable.

Jessie

Thanks!

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Indigobloom

has mine gotten there yet? I sent it before the strike started so it should be there last week! silly canada post…

politicalmachine

hmm not yet! I really have no idea whats going on for mail, I haven’t received any at all since Monday. Well… the ad mail is still coming… go figure. lol

Indigobloom

really? we get sporadic mail here. Mostly ad mail like you said! ha. I hope it didn’t get lost.

Jessie

Wow, Lochan has great prices! Definitely bookmarking them.

Jessie

Okay, so I couldn’t help but place an order with those prices. But as soon as I got the confirmation, I panicked. I know tea is exempt from customs, but I just had a really awful experience with UPS shipping something (not tea) from the US. Did you incur any kind of brokerage fees with your package?

politicalmachine

Most likely they will be shipping it FedEx Intl Economy. I wouldn’t really worry as Lochan declared all the tea they sent me to be of “samples” and marked each 50g packet with a value of 30c.. so basically no customs, no taxes to worry about. However, the customs people decided to rip open my package…
Which ones did you get?

Jessie

I got the Assam and Jungpana and Sourenee first flushes. He’s actually shipped this by DHL which I’m not familiar with. I paid $25 to UPS in “brokerage fees” for an item I paid $29 for last week. The experience has scarred me!

politicalmachine

If it was from the states, UPS ground charges crazy fees. So sometimes shipping via UPS express is better. Not too sure how DHL works, but internationally they are quite reputable.

Jessie

Thanks!

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Stopped drinking water, switched to tea. =)
(ok, this is a lie but still :) )

How I rate teas is pretty simple, different teas have different expectations based on quality and price. I’ll rate a tea based on how good it is for its category/price point. I think i rate pretty fairly, I’m not afraid to give a bad score to a bad tea, and it’s relatively hard to get perfect score (partially because i believe there are only so many that can attain such a title)

I like oolong/green teas the most
black, white, tisanes to a lesser part.

I re-steep EVERYTHING, as that’s how I’ve learned from my parents. Blacks teas normally to a max of two times.

I like it when the tea actually looks of quality (eg. whole unbruised leaves). I hate it when i get a tea, and half of it is cut up stems of the plant… give me leaves!

I drink all my teas black and occasionally with sweetener. I do drink coffee too, and love espressos and cappuccinos. Yup, I do my coffee black too. Guess, it is to say I like strong flavours.
My current way of steeping tea, is my french press which i just got a month ago. I love it (well maybe not my cheapy one; looking to get a bodum one day). I used to just dump leaves at the bottom of my cup..

Ok. Rating meanings…

0-49: Various degrees of suck. Either terrible value or just not good.
50-59: It’s drinkable. I’ll finish my cup.
60-69: Not bad… but not good.
70-79: okay to drink, nothing too special, will not be a re-buy.
80-89: Enjoyable cups.
90-99: Worth holding on to.
100: Um.. I’ll tell you when I get here.

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