Jungpana Imperial Gold - Autumn 2012

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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “Thanks for this one, Nicole! I didn’t realize this one was a Darjeeling despite trying this with one teaspoon a while ago. I should have known, because the leaves actually reminded me of a tiny...” Read full tasting note
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  • “this is a nice darjeeling! Thanks nicole. :) I don’t really love darjeelings. But there are a few in this world that i can get behind. This is one of them. This is a smooth darjeeling, with...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This came from Nicole. For some reason, I didn’t realize that this is a Darjeeling… Don’t ask me how, the fact that it says “Autumn Flush” probably should have been enough. I guess the fact that...” Read full tasting note
  • “Okay, so I fell off the wagon on buying tea. But my Mom wanted some of their Pudina Darjeeling Chai and when I got there to check the prices, the Darjeelings were ON SALE! It was practically a...” Read full tasting note
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From Norbu Tea

This tea has a grade of FTGFOP1 – Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe with the additional “1” indicating the very finest – which basically indicates that this tea was produced from whole leaves and contains a large proportion of leaf tips & gold-colored buds.

The dry leaves are a mix of dark brown & black with a good amount of gold buds in the mix with a slightly nutty & floral aroma. The infusion is a crystal clear amber color with a sweet, musky aroma. It produces a smooth, full bodied cup with low astringency that carries musky, floral notes and an almost raisiny sweetness in the finish

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Thanks for this one, Nicole! I didn’t realize this one was a Darjeeling despite trying this with one teaspoon a while ago. I should have known, because the leaves actually reminded me of a tiny leafed Darjeeling mixed with another black tea. I used two heaping teaspoons this time around. I’m glad only waiting eleven minutes after boiling didn’t ruin this one. (I usually wait 15- 20 minutes after boiling with Darjeeling.) The maple syrup colored brew definitely has a fruity something scent even before taking a sip. To me, the flavor is like a little bit of Darjeeling mixed with a light assam. It is like malty raisins, definitely something juicy to the texture. I think two flat teaspoons would have worked better for this one, as well as waiting a couple more minutes to brew. The second steep was much lighter, since I waited longer to brew it. I liked the first cup better. I have a little bit more in my sample to try to perfect this one!
Steep #1 // 2 heaping tsps // 11 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 18 min a.b. // 3 min

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this is a nice darjeeling! Thanks nicole. :) I don’t really love darjeelings. But there are a few in this world that i can get behind. This is one of them. This is a smooth darjeeling, with just a little sweetness going on here that i’m enjoying. Passing the little cup’s worth that’s left to Cavo since she might enjoy this one. :)

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This came from Nicole. For some reason, I didn’t realize that this is a Darjeeling… Don’t ask me how, the fact that it says “Autumn Flush” probably should have been enough. I guess the fact that it’s called “Imperial Gold” just made me think Yunnan instinctively. And the leaves don’t look terribly different from a less-tippy Yunnan…

Anyway, long story short, I think I underleafed this severely after looking at Nicole’s note… The flavor is extremely light, too. But the flavor that’s there is nice! I don’t think I’ve ever had a Darjeeling before, so I don’t really know what the typical flavor profile is. This kind of tastes like a very light toast with some autumn leaves and a little bit of sweet floral.

Luckily, I have enough left to do another cup with double the leaf sometime. :P

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Okay, so I fell off the wagon on buying tea. But my Mom wanted some of their Pudina Darjeeling Chai and when I got there to check the prices, the Darjeelings were ON SALE! It was practically a moral imperative to order something.

And I’m very glad I did. This is a super good Autumnal Darj. Beautiful dry and steeped, delicious scent. Very, very low astringency, subtly sweet and musky. That said, I did err on the side of Darjeeling common sense and didn’t steep very long just in case. :)

I do however, have 250 grams of it since that was the smallest amount as this is on clearance. So… I can and will share. Or, until the supply is gone, it is 60% off at Norbu and you can get your own 250 grams. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

I know nothing about Darjeelings, but I got one in a swap and it’s amazing! I don’t know what season it’s from though, so I’ve no idea how to get more of something similar.

Nicole

Do you remember the name of it? I have several and would be happy to send some samples along. Personally I prefer the autumnal or 2nd flushes. The 1st flushes tend to be lighter and more delicate, IMO.

Nicole

Well, upon a quick flip through some of your tasting notes, it looks like it was a first flush so I’m probably not the best swap partner for those. Though I would still be happy to send along some of what I have. :)

Sil

Nicole…may hit you up to try this later :)

boychik

I should not read this. I keep ordering nonstop. I’m going to NYC tea festival on March 22 .

Courtney

No worries! I thought maybe you;d have some suggestions more than swapping.

Nicole

-boychik: Well, I’m glad I broke my resolve (tenuous though it was) for this one. :)

-Courtney: I can’t really recommend any 1st flushes. I can tell you that Puttabong is the name of the estate your tea you reviewed came from, though you may already know that. Castleton, Margaret’s Hope, Namring, Sungma, Thurbo… those are some of the estates that pop up pretty frequently when I’m looking at Darjeelings. Maybe try Upton Tea and look for first flushes. Their samples are a good, affordable way to try stuff.

-Sil: I’m sure I’ll probably have some around. :)

Courtney

Thanks! I appreciate the info. I will definitely check out places for 1st flushes. What are the major differences between flushes?

Nicole

I’m certainly not an expert – there are folks around here who know far more than I about this – but here is a link: http://coffeetea.about.com/od/advancedtea/a/Tea-Flushes-In-Darjeeling.htm

In short, the flushes refer to the seasons when the tea is plucked. 1st flushes are lighter and more floral. 2nd and Autumnals have a deeper flavor and usually more of the characteristic muscatel flavor of Darjeelings.

Courtney

Thanks :) Perhaps a new tea area to explore.

TeaBrat

The 2014 first flushes should be starting to come out soon and Upton is a really great place to look for them :)

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