Thurbo Estate FTGFOP1 Tippy/Cl 2nd Flush (DJ-246)

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  • “Have been doing thunderdome rounds between 2 Uptons at a time. Drank this yesterday afternoon when Steepster was down, comparing it to Upton’s other Thurbo 2nd flush (DJ-148/TD73). And I was doing...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This was definitely my favorite of a grouping of samples I got from Upton. It was my first Darjeeling and I am definitely hooked. It had a mild honeyed wine character to begin with and finish of...” Read full tasting note
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A top selection harvested at the height of the 2012 second flush season. The dark brown leaves are accented with some downy, silver tips, and yield a top notch cup with a complex character. Pronounced sweet notes and fruity hints of muscatel and currants make this a delightful tea for any time of day.

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Have been doing thunderdome rounds between 2 Uptons at a time. Drank this yesterday afternoon when Steepster was down, comparing it to Upton’s other Thurbo 2nd flush (DJ-148/TD73). And I was doing a darjeeling-a-thon the whole day; earlier I’d compared two Thurbo 1st flushes and then moved on to the Margaret’s Hopes.

Dry both of these 2nd flush Thurbos have a greener, grassier aroma than the 1st flushes. Brewed, a darker, pretty reddish brown in the cup. The other 2nd flush’s aroma is stronger than this one’s, which is delicate.

Brewing, this almost has a seaweed thing going on. Definitely like this one more than DJ-148/TD33; it is smoother, has a silkier mouthfeel but also more depth of flavor all-around, with a much headier, lovelier muscatel thing going on. Also much less astringent.

This one, DJ-246/TD73, is the winner all-around for the 4 Thurbos I tried today, followed by the two 1st flushes, and then DJ-148/TD33. I would happily reorder this one, and the 1st flushes are nice so maybe I’d reorder them at some point, maybe not.

Fascinatingly enough, when I go back to look at Upton’s catalog links for these teas I discover my preferences here are exactly in line with price points—my 2 top favorites were $4.50 a sample, my middle favorite was $4, and my least favorite was $2 and described as “a great value”. My 2 top faves were described as some of the finest teas the staff tried those seasons. I guess my tastes aren’t always that unorthodox, ha.

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This was definitely my favorite of a grouping of samples I got from Upton. It was my first Darjeeling and I am definitely hooked. It had a mild honeyed wine character to begin with and finish of pure tropical fruit and bits of pineapple flavor that were almost magical. It is also good with a second brew but looses some of the complexity. It looks twisty and black with interspersed silver tips.

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