Thurbo FTGFOP1 First Flush

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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  • “hmm. So I guess I have some mixed feelings about this one. My first steep was at 4 minutes with boiling water and I should have known that was too hot because the package says 190 F. It got too...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Now this is a true Darjeeling. The texture is awesome - incredibly smooth and even somewhat thick. It is so noticeably and enjoyably smooth it's hard to drink slowly. The aroma of grape (muscat)...” Read full tasting note
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From Rare Tea Republic

Teas from the famous Thurbo Estate are world-renowned for their distinctive, clonal “jat” (tea varietal) character, represented in this brisk, classic, first flush tea. A light, summer squash aroma gives way to fruity notes of plum and muscat in the slightly opaque, golden liquor. Vanilla notes carry from the dry leaves through to the finish.

Origin: Darjeeling
Steep Time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 195
Tea per Cup: 1.5 teaspoons

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hmm. So I guess I have some mixed feelings about this one. My first steep was at 4 minutes with boiling water and I should have known that was too hot because the package says 190 F. It got too bitter and astringent for me. I am used to treating darjeelings more or less like a black tea but I think I need to start treating them more like oolongs. My mistake for sure.

So in my second steep, it got steeped more like a green tea for 3 minutes with around 160 F. Now I’m getting some more pleasant apricot jam like notes in addition to floral & vanilla. But yeah the astringency is still lurking there. I might need to start all over again with this one or perhaps this is a gateway into a learning experience that I might want to avoid first flush darjeelings in the future? I suspect it needs a more delicate tasting perhaps in the gaiwan. Stay tuned…

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Honey

I did the same thing yesterday with a FTGFOP1 and my tea was so bitter I literally spit it out. What’s odd is that I followed the brewing instructions, but I will definitely brew it like a green next time.

Uniquity

I find that once a tea gets bitter (over-steeping, too hot water, etc) that bitterness remains in future steeps of the same leaves, even if they are handled more delicately the second time (or third, or fourth, etc). Maybe a new set of leaves will yield better results?

TeaBrat

Live and learn, so they say. Uniquity, yes I have a little bit of the sample left so I’m going to try again armed with my new knowledge. :)

ScottTeaMan

Darjeelings (esp FF’s) do not resteep well. Lower the temp and Amy, try steeping no longer than 3, or even 2.5 minutes.

TeaBrat

will do!

Indigobloom

I’ve had a few that have steeped really well the second and third time. Not so much with the lower quality ones. I’m looking forward to your review of this at a lower temp!!

ScottTeaMan

Indigo…….what do you consider lower quality ones?

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes I will brew a second time, but I usually add more leaf to the 2nd cup.

Indigobloom

Hmmm probably the ones that don’t resteep well!! lol
my spice exchange darjeeling brewed even better the third time. Sweeter and fruitier than the first!

ScottTeaMan

I guess I could, but I’ve never steeped a Darjeeling more than twice.

Indigobloom

how long do you brew for? I tend to do shorter steeps

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Now this is a true Darjeeling. The texture is awesome – incredibly smooth and even somewhat thick. It is so noticeably and enjoyably smooth it’s hard to drink slowly.

The aroma of grape (muscat) is definitely comes through, and I really like it. That is seems to be what Darjeeling is famous for, and for good reason. The flavor is very sweet in the middle of the sip too, a sweetness like honey.

This tea wasn’t an eye opener like the Tumsong 2nd flush, and may actually be slightly less complex . . . but all the same, I was just too busy enjoying it to think through it more than that! This is one of those teas you could drink all the time and never get tired of it.

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

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