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Bravo DAVIDsTEA!! I’ve been longing to try a Darjeeling first flush since I got a taste of my first (tea) love Margaret’s Hope second flush and discovered the many estates and varieties that exist. And just the other week I was reading the DarjeelingTeaXpress blog and store website where they have some of this very tea for sale (about the same price) along with some lovely pictures of the estate. (found here: http://www.darjeelingteaxpress.com/products/2011-Darjeeling-First-Flush-Jungpana-Black-Tea.html)

And now for the tea! A rich sweet aroma followed by an equally sweet and delicious liquor – hardly a touch of astringency but with that characteristic darjeeling flavour – yum!!

It was so funny, because I really just walked into the store to buy some Buttered Rum (currently the top rated tea on Steepster!!), and one of the workers recognized me and said “Hey, I have something for you! Darjeeling first flush!” Nearly knocked me off my feet! Haha..

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Jessie

Ooh! I’m waiting on an order of this since none of the stores around me seemed to have it and I’m anxious to try it. Nice to see them offering something like this.

politicalmachine

personally, I think the concept for Davidstea is more tailored for the flavored tea market where they greatly rely of the “b-grade” teas that can bring bigger margins, and i don’t think they sell quite enough on the quality straight teas, and it’s because of these they have discontinued many of them, and would explain the push to sell more herbal unique blends that they can compete in the market with. You can find plenty of places to find a first flush Darjeeling but you can’t get that luscious watermelon anywhere. A tea like this where they stress the limited availability makes sense, it’s a trial and no need for commitment.

Jessie

That makes a lot of sense. There’s definitely been a shift away from emphasis on the straight teas. Only a year ago, I think they were advertising the sencha and estate collections.

Wayne

I think in this case the main reason for the very limited availability is because darjeeling first flush teas were hard to come by this year so they couldn’t get very much of it (and this batch is being considered vintage/top quality, as you’ll see if u follow the link in my post) – anyway all i can say is I’m f*88in lovin’ it :P

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Jessie

Ooh! I’m waiting on an order of this since none of the stores around me seemed to have it and I’m anxious to try it. Nice to see them offering something like this.

politicalmachine

personally, I think the concept for Davidstea is more tailored for the flavored tea market where they greatly rely of the “b-grade” teas that can bring bigger margins, and i don’t think they sell quite enough on the quality straight teas, and it’s because of these they have discontinued many of them, and would explain the push to sell more herbal unique blends that they can compete in the market with. You can find plenty of places to find a first flush Darjeeling but you can’t get that luscious watermelon anywhere. A tea like this where they stress the limited availability makes sense, it’s a trial and no need for commitment.

Jessie

That makes a lot of sense. There’s definitely been a shift away from emphasis on the straight teas. Only a year ago, I think they were advertising the sencha and estate collections.

Wayne

I think in this case the main reason for the very limited availability is because darjeeling first flush teas were hard to come by this year so they couldn’t get very much of it (and this batch is being considered vintage/top quality, as you’ll see if u follow the link in my post) – anyway all i can say is I’m f*88in lovin’ it :P

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