Risheehat Estate SFTGFOP1 First Flush (DJ-11) Organic (TD67)

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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From Upton Tea Imports

A lovely first flush selection with a light, golden-amber liquor, pleasantly brisk character and floral aromatics. Also notable for its pineapple flavor accents and other tropical fruit nuances. A top choice from the 2012 season.

$33 for 100g packet

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This is the first year I have been so geeky about tea that I wanted to try a few first flush darjeelings as soon as they came out. OK, last year I’m not even sure I could tell you what a first flush was but I’m learning quickly. ;-)

This is a sample but it the most expensive one I got. I read there’s been a drought in the darjeeling region so this may affect the prices and availability of some teas.

The leaves of this tea are indeed still very green and look like the picture here. I noticed right away a fruity-flowery aroma. My impression of the nose of this tea are: vanilla, tropical fruit and a touch of anise. This is a great tea to savor because the nose is so very pleasant.

The color of this cup is medium yellow and very clear. I do agree with the pineapple description, it’s a bit sweet juicy fruit, but also a bit tart. As my cup cools, I am picking up on some more nuanced flowery notes as well as a slight butteriness, even.

I am not finding this to be very astringent like some other first flush darjeelings I’ve tried. I do believe this is an excellent selection from Upton and would be very tempted to buy more, although it is fairly pricy at $33/100g. I will certainly relish and savor what I have here. I’m thinking to myself, “OMG, this stuff is awesome!”

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Now you see why I love Darjeelings! Their 2012 Darj’s are pricey, and I just choose not to pay $33-$40 for 100g of tea. A couple samples for sure. :)) Did you get any other samples from them?

Darjeeling teas have increased significantly for the last 3 to 4 years due to weather, fuel costs, plus at the tea auctions bidding wars for premium lots drive up the price, and increased demand globally for premium lots make them harder to buy in larger quantities-SIGH!!

I still love a good Darjeeling! Honestly, Thunderbolt Tea has impressed me with their Darjeelings lately-Good quality cost benefit IMO. :))

Cheryl

Eeep. As if my Upton wishlist needs to get any bigger, ha.

TeaBrat

Scott- I think I got three samples of FF darjeelings. Considering the amount of tea i have it’s probably better that I stick to small quantities. :)

@Cheryl – Right? I just want them to send me one of everything they have!

Cheryl

Me too. Me too. Don’t even want to think about what that would add up to.

Azzrian

Wow this sounds really really amazing!

ScottTeaMan

I am placing an order with Upton’s very soon, and wanted a relatively small order. I think I should stick to teas from a couple regions and mostly samples, otherwise the order will get out of hand!!

Then there is Teavivre, Bana, Mandala, Rishi…….my head is starting to spin.

Cheryl

Upton and Teavivre for me too. And only reason Bana and Mandala are even on my radar is Amy’s fault. But I need to prove I’m not OCD (only OD) so those sit on my (proving my patience) wishlist. Bana has nice samplers. Could use 2nd opinions for later Scott, lol.

ScottTeaMan

ok, hehhehe

Doug F

My Upton order is on the way. I went ahead and ordered 100 grams of the Sungma first flush and samples of others. I know it’s pricey, but it’s a once a year indulgence, then I’m on to the more affordable but still wonderful second flushes.

TeaBrat

@Triumph – yay! I will forward to hearing your thoughts on those.

ScottTeaMan

I did place a small order last night and got a sample of the Glenburn FF, along with some pre ching ming teas, and a few greens.

Azzrian

Lupicia just got added to my regular stash!

TeaBrat

There is a Lupicia store in San Francisco! It’s evil!

ScottTeaMan

why is Lupicia evil? :-D

ScottTeaMan

Heheheehe…….Amy, I just have to smile because I was thinking about your opinion of Darjeelings a few months ago compared to now. :)) I know astringency is a concern for you (me too sometimes), but FF Darjeelings being one of my favorite teas, I’m glad to see you enjoying them. :)) :)) :))

TeaBrat

Scott- this is all your fault!!! :-P

ScottTeaMan

Hehehehe…….as much as I like Darj’s, I also like a good Oolong, and the steeping factor for me is enjoyable. Darjeelings are not good for resteeping. I have tried resteeping them sometimes twice, but no more. I have had nice oolongs I resteeped 5-7 times-could’ve done more!

Pu-erhs are kinda like that too. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I remember Bana selling mainly Pu-erh teas, and I really want to buy their samplers. Based on your Mandala reviews they have some good Puerhs too, some sample sizes, and other teas as well. So I am kinda leaning toward Mandala right now. What do you think??

ScottTeaMan

BTW, I whish I’d gotten a sample of this Risheehat. ://

TeaBrat

@Scott – both companies are good for pu-erh, I don’t know if I could pick one over the other but Mandala has other things also.

Doug F

Yunnan sourcing is good too and they have great black teas. The selection can be overwhelming so you need to spend some time reading and comparing.

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I was thinking about psychics recently, and while I do believe most psychics aren’t what they claim to be, I do believe some phychics are the real deal (like the ones who help law enforcement find people). Well, on May 12th I posted a review, saying my Birthday was today, along with many family members having May birthdays. Now yesterday, I got a package filled with tea samples. These samples were mailed before I let the cat out of the bag.

Thank You Amy Oh for the samples and for this delicious tea! You must be psychic! :))

This Darjeeling may be the best I’ve ever tasted-definitely the best in the last few years. The dry leaves are beautiful, well varigated green/brown hued leaves. When the tea was steeping I thought it smelled of asparagus and nuts-pecan-like pehaps. The wet leaves had similar aromas, and occasionally I thought I caught light wiffs of artichoke.

The cup color was light orange/brown, with a real sweetness that to me smelled nutty and green. I had a hard time pinpointing the aromas. There was not a deep nuttiness like a second flush, or a deep green profile. I also smelled fruits I couldn’t describe. That is rare for me. Definite aromas of what to me was asparagus and pecans were there, along with fruits, in a light yet full and balanced combination.

The taste was FREAKIN’ AWESOME!! The asparagus, nuts and fruits were so magical! The full flavors pleased my palate beyond explanation. There was no harsh astringency on my palate. I really thought there was little to no astringecy, except a minor amount upon swallowing, which was nothing but exceptionally pleasing!! :)) The flavors clinged to my palate long after the tea was gone. :))

This tea is VERY addicting- so juicy and delicious! I’ll sample this again soon! I wasn’t picking up on the pineapple, so I’ll see if I pick up on it with another superb cup. Thank You Amy for a nearly perfect tea, and the perfect close to a great Birthday! This tea made today a better day. :)) The party’s over :((…….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_-pcD9WqpA&feature=related
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=659zk35_wRQ&feature=related

Cupped & Reviewed: Tuesday, May 15, 2012. THE IDES OF MAY!


A second steep at 212 for 3 minutes, reveals a light, flavorful cup. The cup itself was only slightly darker. Leaves revealed light, more fruity aromas, some of a light muscat quality. Aromas in the cup were lightly sweet, consisting of butter and honey notes. My palate was greeted with light fruitiness and light astringency. Overall, a cup of light aromas, flavors, and astringency-still worthy to be called a nice, gentle cup of tea. :))

Cupped: Thursday, May 17, 2012. Reviewed: Friday, May 18, 2012.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Happy Birthday! I am glad it was great! :)

Bonnie

Wow, Journey…takes me back to my first computer classes in 1981! Yikes, dumb terminals..and main frames! Puke! And pagers, remember pagers anyone?! Ok, if you do, you are my friend! Happy Birthday again….Amy was good! She’s your Tea Mama!

TeaBrat

Ahhh! So glad you enjoyed this one. Now you know why I had to get the large size. :)

ScottTeaMan

Yeah!! It’s so good now I want the larger size, & I can’t forget Thunderbolt & the XPress!!! Thunderbolt’s probably wont beat this one. I mean seriously….it it realy that good

Thanks for the Birthday Wishes. :))

Angrboda

Happy birthday. :)

ScottTeaMan

Thanks Angrboda!

ScottTeaMan

She’s my Tea LAMA! Hehehee…….

ashmanra

A one l lama, he’s a priest. A two l llama, he’s a beast! Thank you, Ogden Nash!

ScottTeaMan

Tried a second steep…….you can read it if you wish. :))

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I still have about 5 or 6 FF Darjeeling samples that I haven’t tried yet. I got pretty discouraged when I didn’t really like my Thurbo. I enjoyed a FF Thurbo from RtR earlier this year, so I expected to like the new crop. Maybe the flavor changes that much 9 months after picking and I only like it as it gets a little older. Maybe the drought affected the flavor. I don’t know.

Anyhow, this has been the best of the ones I have tried. It’s beautiful collection of green, light brown and dark chocolate colored leaves. Dry leaf aroma is less floral and more fruity. I don’t love it, but it’s not unpleasant. The liquor is a nice golden yellow.

There is something fruity in the flavor-perhaps pineapple-and that helps. One thing I have noticed in all the Darjeelings I’ve tried is a type of weedy flavor. Maybe like a dandelion-not sure. It’s hard for me to overcome that flavor, though this tea does better at that than the others.

I tried this about 3 days in a row and thought I was really coming around to it, but I didn’t have any over the long weekend, and now today, I am not sure how much I like it. I have been constant with brewing parameters. I still have a couple more brews worth in my sample, so I will try some more to see how it goes.

I’m not going to give a number rating to any FF Darjeelings unless I find some that I am sure that I like.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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