Giddapahar Hand Rolled Darjeeling Tea - First Flush, 2013

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Fruit Tree Flowers, Grapes, Honey
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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The dry leaves of this very carefully hand-picked and hand-rolled tea are a mixture of light to dark greens with some yellows & orange-browns and a scattering of beautiful, fuzzy silver buds, and they carry a gently sweet, green aroma. The beautifully clear infusion is a light, bright amber color with a lovely floral perfume. In the cup, this tea is light and bright with a very very low astringency and a delicate floral flavor that lingers beautifully in the aftertaste.

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After a fairly rough weekend at work, I collapsed on the bed at around 7:30PM last night. Which…unfortunately prompted my body to roust around 3AM, thinking it was well-rested. Instead of trying to force it back into submission, I chose instead to sip-speriment.

This is the first hand-rolled Darjeeling I’ve ever encountered. The leaves, frankly, resembled an oolong – only not as tightly ball-fisted. Because of this, I made the twilight decision to “gongfool” the sucker- gaiwan, three cups, and one-minute steeps each.

The results were subtle, sweet, floral- no over-arching spice flavor, to speak of. Very unlike any other Darjeeling first flush I’ve ever tried. At times, it was almost too subtle, but I blame that on the wacky approach I used. A three-minute steep later on turned up a bolder profile.


Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Grapes, Honey

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

seems really nice. I like geant & hand rolled tea leaves and the flavours you picked out seem really appealing

Geoffrey Norman

I had no idea that hand-rolling was so rare in Darjeeling, but it makes sense. And the flavor profile was far different as well.

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Subtle flavor, but complex, with grassy and floral, almost fruity tones. A touch of malt. Lingering sweetness. Rich, smooth mouthfeel.
An excellent, smooth, and well-balanced tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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