Second Flush Darjeeling (Selimbong)

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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A lighter, fine flavour with intensity, with a delicate muscatel & honey character, sourced from the Selimbong (or ‘Silbung’ locally) Gardens.

This tea is plucked slightly later in the season and the dried leaf has a very different look.

It is slightly darker and very much more mature, offering a very different flavour.

When brewed, you’ll see that the Second Flush Darjeeling really comes alive in the bowl. It has a much deeper, darker, more coppery colour and a darker more coppery leaf.

Instantly you’ll get that perfume-y muscatel smell coming from the tea and when tasting it you’ll see it is much more full on. The peachiness you get from this Darjeeling gives away to a slightly nutty flavour.

Some people may choose to have this with a splash of milk, although that’s not really for us.

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This is a bit of a backlog, as I actually drank this at work on Tuesday afternoon. It was included in the sample pack I bought last year as a counterpoint to the first flush darjeelings, and it’s easy to see the differences when you put them side by side.

The leaf here is noticably darker, more black brown than green/white. I brewed this for just under 3 minutes, I think, although I probably wasn’t paying the closest attention. It brews to a much darker liquor than any of the first flushes, a sort of golden caramel colour. The taste is still amazing, though. I can immediately see that, where the first flushes are peachy and grassy, this second flush is floral and grape-like. It’s a really deep, complex, interesting flavour. There’s a very, very slight astringency, but it’s actually quite welcome with a flavour so rich.

I’d be hard pressed to say which flush I prefer. They’re both so different, and I like them equally for the different qualities that they have. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try these four darjeelings — it’s really broadened my experience of this tea variety.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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I think I preferred the Peet’s Darjeeling. This one is not bad, but it seems to lack some flavor in part of the profile.

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