First Flush Darjeeling Jungpana FTGFOP 1

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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  • “So I've been in a tea frenzy lately, trying my best to drink down ALL THE TEA so that I can finally order more. Only, I have SO much that each cuppa drunk depletes the motherload by so little that...” Read full tasting note
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    indigobloom 1287 tasting notes
  • “I bought 10g of this today... I can really smell the mushroom as it steeps and my poor gag-reflex is working over time, but I will prevail! I will taste this! and worst comes to worst I know a...” Read full tasting note
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    erinn 232 tasting notes
  • “I seem to question my rating of this tea every time I make it, as the first steep is definitely not that good. I assume I just haven't found the right way to make it proper yet... it always ends up...” Read full tasting note
    98
    Eisenherz 169 tasting notes
  • “Bravo DAVIDsTEA!! I've been longing to try a Darjeeling first flush since I got a taste of my first (tea) love Margaret's Hope second flush and discovered the many estates and varieties that exist....” Read full tasting note
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    wayno52 89 tasting notes

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A legendary tea
First flush teas are usually plucked after the first spring rains, marking the end of the long Himalayan winter. From the remote Jungpana Estate, deep in the mountains of India, this is a delicate tea with a woodsy taste and aroma. In case you were wondering, FTGFOP 1 stands for Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, first grade. Sounds like a mouthful, right? Trust us, it’s one of the best mouthfuls you’ll ever taste.

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27 Tasting Notes

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1287 tasting notes

So I’ve been in a tea frenzy lately, trying my best to drink down ALL THE TEA so that I can finally order more. Only, I have SO much that each cuppa drunk depletes the motherload by so little that I feel like a fish trying to drain a river. Someone throw me a life jacket!
and I can’t exactly swap it away because then I’d feel guilty donating old tea!
Anyhow, I had totally forgotten that this was still in my cupboard! wow. Funny what organizing the cupboard does for a tea freak :P
It’s not as fresh now, (obviously) so the “pop” factor is a tad muted. Still a great tea. I’d rate it an 88 the way it is now. Not that much lower than my original 92!

Ninavampi

I undserstand the feeling… I just got out a bunch of my old tea and gave them away. I couldn’t bare the idea of the tea going to waste. I actually had to throw away some of the oldest tea… It was sooooo hard. But, on a positive note, now I get to buy more! : )

ashmanra

Make foot tea! :D

Indigobloom

Ninavampi: It IS hard!!
Actually, I tried some of my old Milima FOP just prior to this Darjeeling and it was so meh that I have no problem throwing it out.
I think I just need a few hrs to sort through it all!
Ashmanra: yummmm, foot tea haha :P

Dylan Oxford

Hahaha, we have a big plastic jar that we put all of our foot tea in! We’ve gotten a little more sensible about our buying choices though, so it’s not growing as much lately :P

Indigobloom

that’s a good idea. trick is to stay on top of it. I suppose it helps having two tea lovers in the house! :)

TeaBrat

Ha! Good luck!

Indigobloom

thx I need it!! LOL
Seriously contemplating a red leaf order now. I want more matcha!!

Bonnie

all you H-biskus haters should have a jar for throwing the bad boys in. Then later, when brewed and cooled they make a good hair rinse or skin spritzer because the H-biskus (you know what I mean) has loads of vitamin C. Add some White Tea and you have an anti-bacterial too.

Indigobloom

what an interesting idea Bonnie. Thanks!!

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I bought 10g of this today…

I can really smell the mushroom as it steeps and my poor gag-reflex is working over time, but I will prevail! I will taste this! and worst comes to worst I know a co-worker who would kick ass for what is left of this bag. So blessedly I am not worried about waste!

I think I may have over steeped this, by accident… The flavour is such a “superman punch” to the face I almost lost some teeth on impact! That being said….: I LIKEY!! I think I just might have to add this one to my list of blacks that are must have on shelves!!

It is good and defiantly a “treat” tea since it is only a once a year thing.

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6 min, 0 sec
Jenn

Ha! Not a “Superman punch” to the face!

MaddHatter

I am hoping tomorrow morning that I will not forget this tea and will stop steeping it at the suggested 3 minutes.

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I seem to question my rating of this tea every time I make it, as the first steep is definitely not that good. I assume I just haven’t found the right way to make it proper yet… it always ends up bitter, but I’ll keep trying. But then, before I lower the rating, I steep for a 2nd time, and boom! It strikes me! This tea is heaven! The 3rd steep is also pretty good, but the 2nd is definitely pure bliss. And so, once again, I will not lower the rating!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

try this at a lower temp, I just did and boom!! amazing =D

Eisenherz

ohh thanks for the tip! I’ll try that!!

Eisenherz

it worked! :D first infusion is now just as amazing as the others, thanks so much!

Indigobloom

glad I could help! spreading tea love is too good not to :)

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Bravo DAVIDsTEA!! I’ve been longing to try a Darjeeling first flush since I got a taste of my first (tea) love Margaret’s Hope second flush and discovered the many estates and varieties that exist. And just the other week I was reading the DarjeelingTeaXpress blog and store website where they have some of this very tea for sale (about the same price) along with some lovely pictures of the estate. (found here: http://www.darjeelingteaxpress.com/products/2011-Darjeeling-First-Flush-Jungpana-Black-Tea.html)

And now for the tea! A rich sweet aroma followed by an equally sweet and delicious liquor – hardly a touch of astringency but with that characteristic darjeeling flavour – yum!!

It was so funny, because I really just walked into the store to buy some Buttered Rum (currently the top rated tea on Steepster!!), and one of the workers recognized me and said “Hey, I have something for you! Darjeeling first flush!” Nearly knocked me off my feet! Haha..

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jessie

Ooh! I’m waiting on an order of this since none of the stores around me seemed to have it and I’m anxious to try it. Nice to see them offering something like this.

politicalmachine

personally, I think the concept for Davidstea is more tailored for the flavored tea market where they greatly rely of the “b-grade” teas that can bring bigger margins, and i don’t think they sell quite enough on the quality straight teas, and it’s because of these they have discontinued many of them, and would explain the push to sell more herbal unique blends that they can compete in the market with. You can find plenty of places to find a first flush Darjeeling but you can’t get that luscious watermelon anywhere. A tea like this where they stress the limited availability makes sense, it’s a trial and no need for commitment.

Jessie

That makes a lot of sense. There’s definitely been a shift away from emphasis on the straight teas. Only a year ago, I think they were advertising the sencha and estate collections.

Wayne

I think in this case the main reason for the very limited availability is because darjeeling first flush teas were hard to come by this year so they couldn’t get very much of it (and this batch is being considered vintage/top quality, as you’ll see if u follow the link in my post) – anyway all i can say is I’m f*88in lovin’ it :P

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83 tasting notes

I’m not going to rate this tea. I don’t know what happened, but I swear I got a bad batch. I prepared it every which way and every time it came out bitter to the point that I spit it out and just dumped the entire cup down the drain. I was very disappointed with this tea and I have no explanation for the consistently poor outcomes I got when trying to brew it.

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I received my DT order this morning just in time to make this for my morning tea.

The leaves dry looked quite green, mixed with dark, and smelled delectably fresh and grassy. It turned out to be lovely, as expected. Very smooth, lightly astringent, light but rounded. It had a really nice sweetness, and I was getting some floral from it. Yum! I was hoping it wouldn’t stand out too much, discouraging me from buying more.

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252 tasting notes

Another $1 Straight tea, on the recommendation of the sales girl…

First steep: I think I left the bag in a touch too long because as lovely as this is there’s a bitterness that lingers on my tongue. Oops.

Second steep: Much improved from the first steep: earthy, smooth, slightly floral, and very much a “Darjeeling”. There’s just something about that flavour that one can’t quite describe.

Third steep: Not as flavourful as the first or second, but still steepable!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

One of my favorite Darjeeling tea estates!

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4 tasting notes

The leaf is a beautiful mix of green and dark…steeped, it loves to unfurl freely in the pot. Do not trap this leaf in a ball or bag, allow it room to move. It is medium and small broken pieces once fully steeped.
The liquor is golden and the aroma distinctly the woodsy, earthy Darjeeling.
It has the flavour of dark truffles, and lingers on the back of the tongue.
Enjoy this brew without milk or other adornments, as it deserves your full attention.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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5 tasting notes

So light and tasty!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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3 tasting notes

This is why I love tea. This is the tea you give to wine lovers, tea n00bs and tea snobs. I have yet to find a person who doesn’t like this tea. If darjeeling is the champagne of teas this is Dom Perignon, smooth, mushroomy, slightly sweet, and bright and pure tea flavour. Buy this tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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