Umm…I don’t really know what I expected from this as I’ve never had a Darjeeling, but this definitely threw me for a loop. The leaves are very green, way greener than I expected. I really thought Darjeeling was a black tea….the dry leaves also had a strange almost vegetal smell which began to scare me a bit. Luckily the tea doesn’t taste very scary, just different. It is very much like a floral green tea with a hint of fruitiness towards the end of the sip. I’m not sure if I like it or hate it though. My current aversion could just be due to the fact that I was really wanting a bold black tea. I’ll most likely be able to finish the rest of my sample, but I’m not sure how fast. I feel this would be better with something in it, but I don’t know what addition it needs. Hmm…
I chose this because I knew I didn’t really need caffeine if I wanted to sleep tonight, but I didn’t want an herbal (lets face it, the only herbals I have left are Lipton…but I’m probably going to place a 52teas order soon for a couple rooibos/honeybush…but I digress)
I’m liking this tea a lot more today than the last 2 times I drank it. The water was much hotter which I thought might ruin it, but I like it better. Very full-bodied, light green tea-like taste with a bit of fruitiness on the end. I will be slightly boosting the ratings.
A Tale of Two Darjeelings, Part Two
In the package, the Phuguri Darjeeling appears to be much blacker in color but after hitting the water they also become green. The difference is that the Phuguri is a hunter green while the Castleton was bright green. I can immediately tell a difference between the two estates. The Phuguri has an obvious fruity scent while the Castleton did not.
The Phuguri has a much lighter floral taste and no buttery aspects. The end of the sip and aftertaste are very fruity and grape-like. This tea is pleasant even as it cools.
Verdict: Phuguri Darjeeling wins!
I gave the rest of this one to my mom, but I sort of miss it. Here is a longer review from It’s All About the Leaf: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/945/tea-review-lochan-tea-phuguri-sftgfop-1st-flush-2010-darjeeling/
I wanted a green tea this afternoon, but I don’t have any (except for RoT’s Honey Ginseng…ewww). I was about to give up and have another black tea, but I remembered I have this Darjeeling which may as well be a green tea. I like this well enough, but mainly it just makes me want to invest in a few green teas and possibly some white teas.
I just don’t think I would go out of my way to get another 1st Flush Darjeeling.
This is really growing on me the more I drink it. The taste reminds me of the things I like about pouchong (buttery, slightly floral), but it doesn’t turn on me like pouchong does. I think I’m going to raise the rating a bit more on this one because I was actually craving it today.