First Flush Darjeeling, Puttabong Est.

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This is our first new crop tea of 2013. The high altitude of Darjeeling makes for distinct seasons, beginning each year with a cold winter dormant period. Then when the weather begins to warm in March, the bushes put forth their first leaves of the year, known as the “first flush.” The cool weather makes for very slow growth, which greatly concentrates the flavor and allows for very selective plucking. This tea is from the renowned Puttabong Estate, and has a bright fragrance and fresh flavor with a nutty honey sweetness.

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It’s difficult for me to articulate my feelings on this tea, as I haven’t had a Darjeeling I remember, and lack a point of reference.

That said, this is one expensive, fancy Darjeeling… and it lives up to what it says on the tin. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever had in a tea, which I suspect is mostly my inexperience with Darjeelings talking – but I can tell this is truly something special. The flavor and aroma are immensely complex and layered, with all sorts of nutty, floral, spiced, fruity flavors coming and going as your palate processes it all, ending with a distinct note of umami.

If all the flavors came together, it would be an unpleasant, boring, overpowering mess of a tea, and I wouldn’t much like it – but they come a few at a time, shifting through sets, just enough of a procession that you can appreciate them all. There’s near-zero bitterness, just many delicious flavors that unfold in your mouth for a good 5-10 seconds after you take a drink, leaving a nutty mushroomy umami in their wake.

The concentrated intensity of flavor packed into this tea just screams first flush – this is what first flush is all about, in any kind of tea. Go light, 185F and 2-2.5min steep. Like most first flushes, this one’s delicate relative to the rest of the family.

I might just have ruined myself for Darjeelings forever, by starting with the best of the best. Oh, it is good.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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