DARJEELING THURBO DJ2 F.T.G.F.O.P.1 - 2010 FIRST FLUSH

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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  • “I was told this tea (?) won a third best black tea in the world. Well, whatever. It is pleasant enough. Lovely honey colour in the cup but much lighter than I had expected. The leaves were quite...” Read full tasting note
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Origin: Darjeeling
Tea Estate: Thurbo
Tea colour: black
Length of infusion: 3’45
Water temperature: 90°C

Dry leaves
Aspect: large rolled leaves and silver buds.
Colours: dark green, silver and khaki.
Scents: planty, vanilla, fruity (cooked fruit, mango).

Brewed leaves (infusion)
Scents: a heady, fragrant bouquet: herbs, almonds, planty, floral and fresh, with notes of orange blossom.

Liquor
Colour: glistening yellow-brown.
Texture: full in the mouth with a delicate astringency that gives it a lot of presence.
Flavours: slightly sweet.
Aromas: a planty, very almondy attack followed by floral notes (orange blossom, honeysuckle). The planty note is present from start to finish.
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: very elegant hints of camphor and herbs. Beautifully balanced with lingering mild, planty, fresh and floral notes.

Our verdict: This is a really wonderful, “classic” Darjeeling from China tea plants. All the hallmarks of a first flush can be found here in perfect form: the planty, almondy bouquet, the delicate texture and good length in the mouth. It all combines to deliver a truly great tasting experience.

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I was told this tea (?) won a third best black tea in the world. Well, whatever. It is pleasant enough. Lovely honey colour in the cup but much lighter than I had expected. The leaves were quite varied in length and the leaves quite variegated in their colours – dark, golden, silver, green. I thought it smelt for all the world like early season dry hay, very grassy.

On the tongue it was delicate, somewhat astringent, pleasantly so and it lingered nicely. There is a light natural sweetness so I did not feel a need to go overboard on the sugar. My nose is not much for catching floral notes unless the buds are stuffed up to the sinuses. Cannot say I really caught the classic “almondy” bouquet either. The aroma did not seem to burst out of cup like some other teas. Perhaps too subtle for this barbarous nose.

I don’t think this has the robustness that I like for a morning tea. It seems like a crepuscular tea to me, one for sipping on the porch on a early summer afternoon watching the sun go down. Serve with shortbread I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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