Thurbo Darjeeling

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Floral, Fruity, Hay, Hot hay, White Grapes, Grass, Sweet
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 15 oz / 453 ml

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Our Thurbo Darjeeling originates from the Thurbo Darjeeling Tea Estate located in West Bengal in the Darjeeling District in India. The name “Thurbo” comes from the word “Tombu” which means camp. The Thurbo estate was used by the British to set up camp and invade Nepal. This estate utilizes a Chinese varietal and is situated at a 5,500 feet altitude. Our Thurbo Darjeeling is graded SFTGFOP1 (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flower Orange Pekoe-First Flush) and has notes of grass, hay, and grilled asparagus. Juicy berry, bergamot, jasmine, and spice notes can also be detected as well as some woody notes.

Ingredients: Indian Black Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Recommended Amount: 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 190 F degrees

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2216 tasting notes


Still not my favourite, but I really appreciate CrowKettle going halfsies on the sampler pack with me. :)

A nice light tea to have while I’m waiting for my stew to finish cooking.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

Stew is the best. It reminds me of home. :)


I am teh laziest, and don’t see the point in making “fancy” dinners that require more than one pot or frypan. :) Stews are perfect.

Conversely, I’ll bake and dirty up every single piece of bakeware in my house before conceding defeat.


I think I’m psychologically damaged from all the stews my grandma made when I was a kid. She’d always load them with turnip, which my tastebuds despise!


Fjellrev, I had a soup made with Lapsang Souchong last week, it was amazing, I wonder if that could convince you to like it? lol


Ick, turnip.

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364 tasting notes

Ok, this morning, I need Thurbo as in turbo, propeller, fast fuse, or what have you. Just give me energy please. This tea will hopefully help me stay grounded, as I have big plans!

I like this Thurbo, another tasty Darjeeling from Butiki. It’s a little spicy and astringent, lots of muscatel. All these big flavours peak for me at second infusion which is the best one in my opinion. Later, it gets a little woodsy.

Although my favourite Darj from Butiki remains Castleton Moonlight, I still feel this one is an excellent pick me up!

I have a special day planned with a very special friend of mine today. Having had serious health issues for several months now, it’s my first attempt at a real outing with a friend and though I am quite anxious about the whole thing, I am beyond excited…this means I am doing better :-)

I haven’t slept all night but that’s ok, I’m used to it and I know I can still manage to have a good time. What we have planned doesn’t require acute intellectual abilities anyways, lol:

1)Breakfast at our favourite restaurant
2)short girly shopping session – only shoes and tea are on the list
3)talk some more and have some tea in the afternoon

She is such a good caring friend, I know that no matter how I feel today, she’ll be there for me. She doesn’t know, but I have prepared a little tea gift for her. I took a giant mug and filled it with a bunch of tea samples from tea merchants she never tried (she only knows DavidsTea!)

Hope she likes it!

Butiki Teas

Sounds like you have a fun day planned! Have a great time! Friends like that are awesome. :)

Terri HarpLady

That does sound like a wonderful outing! Have fun!


Have a fun day. I know about the not sleeping at night. I’ve had sleeping issues the last week or so, myself.


It’s so wonderful to have friends who will enjoy your company, regardless of what type of state you’re in: healthy or unhealthy, happy or miserable, etc. We all need people like that, and she’s also lucky to have a kind tea friend!


I hope you’ll have an awesome day! You deserve a relaxing day.


Thanks everyone, I had a wonderful day and my friend was beyond happy about the tea gift. She said the best gifts are the ones involving a true passion and she could see that passion not only in the way everything was wrapped but also in the way each pouch was selected to match her own personal tastes… She definitely made my day :-)

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655 tasting notes

This is the last type left from the Butiki Darjeeling sampler I split with OMGsrsly. It’s the last because it’s the one I originally cared for the least.

My taste buds seem to have done a complete reversal, or maybe I’m finally acquiring a taste for Darjeeling teas, as I’m really loving this today. I’d like to think I’m maturing, and that it has nothing to do with the fact that Della Terra’s monstrous Pineapple Upside Down Cake sat in this same steeper cup just last night. That’s totally not why the veggie hay notes taste so honeyed today.

The spiced wood, the wispy hay, and the tart fruity notes are all this tea’s own though, and they make for a great flavor profile!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

Darjeelings are really growing on me! This one is particularly good :)

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1113 tasting notes

I REALLY enjoyed this today. I savored 2 steeps, one before and one after lunch. I could see myself getting into darjeelings! Despite my head cold I got lots of sweet grassy, flowery, hay like flavor from both steeps. Somehow it tasted like a sunny autumn meadow in a cup!

Thanks very much teamore for including this bonus sample in our swap :D

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1779 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown! (158) – Will my cupboard ever get under 100? At least I’ve got mostly everything in – there’s maybe just 1-2 swap packages out there and 0 orders.

So I am definitely getting the muscatel in this, and a lot of the fruity notes too. I don’t quite “get” Darjeelings yet as I don’t think I’d want this everyday, but I like it. It’s sweet, and hearty. There’s also grassy notes too. I keep thinking plum, but I don’t know if that’s supposed to be there. But yeah, plums wrapped in sweet grass/hay, with a touch of astringency – that’s this tea!

I’ll have to resteep it just to confirm this.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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329 tasting notes

This is very grassy and slightly astringent – pleasantly so, in my opinion. Not my favorite Darjeeling, but still an enjoyable cup. Thanks for letting me try this one, Teamore!

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10 tasting notes

Smells: sweet and earthy like freshly mown grass.

Taste: mellow and earthy, like hay and dirt.

Personal note: this tea marks the point at which I have begun to favour unflavoured tea, and I have ceased to add sugar.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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123 tasting notes

I was afraid this might end up being a big cup of blandness considering how long I’ve had most of my Butiki collection, but after checking my order history it looks like I’ve only had this one for a year. Which is still not great, but better than it could be.

It didn’t smell all that strong while steeping (1.5 tsp, ~250ml of 90C water), but sipping revealed fruity, hay-like, and pleasantly musty flavors, and I started noticing some floral notes as it cooled. It had a lingering aftertaste of berries which I enjoyed, though I’m not sure whether that was entirely from the tea or if the apple-rosemary scone I was munching on had anything to do with it.

I’ve never properly gotten into Darjeelings, but I really liked this one! It reminded me of some kind of oolong, which certainly didn’t hurt.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Hay

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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466 tasting notes

Thank you to Marzipan for supplying me with this wonderful brew!

I bought under the premises of amazement and experience. I came into the “interweb tea loop” a little late to fully experience this companies products. I heard ravings from near and far about this company, and once I decided to check them out, they had already been closed. I was distraught over the news and to the thought of me not being able to experience their products. Luckily, I had a tea friend come to my rescue! I find it incredibly amazing that even after a company closes and shuts down their tea is still circulated around and raved about. I am a Darjeeling lover and saw this and knew that I needed to swoop.

Anyways, onward to the review of this merchandise miracle. I opened this small black bag to peek inside at my discovery. The small leaves are a variety of browns and ambers with little green shards. The scent of these dried leaves is something amazing. I always love Darjeeling tea most for their aroma. I am hit with the light atmosphere of a vineyard. I can hint at white grapes, ivy, and stone fruit. I dropped these valley scented leaves into my Tetsubin and began my steeping. The vineyard scent carried outwards and developed into a more grassy tone. The aroma inside my tea room was of late summer when everything had begun drying and becoming hot. I poured the golden liquor into my glassware. The initial sip is one that is sweet and succulent. The light honey notes blend with a “farmlike” sensation. It has a strong undertone of dried Ivy. I have enjoyed this tea and will be using it as my everyday black. I’m happy to have experienced it, i’m glad that I can do my part to keep the company living on.

Flavors: Hot hay, White Grapes

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

Oh yeah btw, I’m probably not the only one that noticed, but the small foil band to close Butiki tea bags has the word “tea” in 5 different languages. Just thought that was kinda cool…..

Roswell Strange

I had actually never noticed that, so thank you for pointing it out! :)


You’re welcome :)

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484 tasting notes

So this tea was pretty good. It tasted more like a green tea than a black, but was sweet and grassy tasting. I’ve steeped it three times so far, and the second steep was the best tasting so far. I’ll probably keep going with it to see how the flavor evolves. I really prefer straight black teas that taste like black teas though, so I’ll probably end up trading this away to someone who will appreciate it more.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Sweet

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