2011 Thurbo FTGFOP 1 CL - EX 5

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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  • “I'm going to go ahead and post my comments here, although my sample is labeled Thurbo FTGFOP 1 CH (SPL) EX4 (Experts, I know FTGFOP, but can you help interpret the rest of the alphabet...” Read full tasting note
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    gmathis 1688 tasting notes
  • “I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes this time which brought out the muscatel flavours more strongly, making it taste a bit more like a typical Darjeeling - though not as bitterly astringent as I've...” Read full tasting note
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    JillDragon 1572 tasting notes
  • “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,...” Read full tasting note
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    politicalmachine 74 tasting notes
  • “At 195*: Well blended flavour profile. Muscatel fruitiness, but not as blatant as some of the other FF. Overall, I love it, but I think I prefer the Giddapahar, just because it gave me more of a...” Read full tasting note
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    TubbyCow 64 tasting notes

From Lochan Tea Limited

Name: Thurbo FTGFOP 1 CL
Flush: First Flush, 2011
Origin: Darjeeling, India

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1688 tasting notes

I’m going to go ahead and post my comments here, although my sample is labeled Thurbo FTGFOP 1 CH (SPL) EX4 (Experts, I know FTGFOP, but can you help interpret the rest of the alphabet soup)?

I’ll have a longer review later also, like Jillian, but this is really good stuff. My favorite feature is the aroma of the steeped tea—-smells like the tray of communion cups at my church, or the inside of a Welch’s unsweetened grape juice bottle. This Darjeeling has personality!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Jillian

My best guess about all those suffixes is that they indicate the number of a particular batch or something similar.

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I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes this time which brought out the muscatel flavours more strongly, making it taste a bit more like a typical Darjeeling – though not as bitterly astringent as I’ve found most 2nd Flush or Autumnal teas to be. I resteeped the leaves (@ 4:45min) and while the results were a little bit bland the tea still had the same recognizable flavour-profile as during the first steep.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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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At 195*: Well blended flavour profile. Muscatel fruitiness, but not as blatant as some of the other FF. Overall, I love it, but I think I prefer the Giddapahar, just because it gave me more of a wow sensation. This is nice and mellow, yet still interesting. Not very sweet. Robust. A good first flush, and I look forward to Thurbo’s second. I realise a lot can happen in between flushes, but something about this one makes me think their second may really shine.

It’s too demure to really get me excited, but I would buy this tea and drink it consistently. I just wouldn’t find myself with the urge to weep when I used it up, like I have been tempted to do sometimes with other estate flush teas.

…Later: 205* Demure is definitely not a word I’d use to describe this baby when you up the temperature a little. It’s got great notes of muscatel and hay. Really aromatic and quite spectacular.

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really one of the better tea’s

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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