First Flush Darjeeling 2014

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Black Tea
Black Tea
Herbaceous, Iodine, Rose, Straw
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 250 ml

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Just outside the small town of Takdah in Darjeeling, facing snow peaks of the Himalayan Mountains lies a tea garden named after the river flowing through it, Gielle.

Known as ‘the land of sweet water’ by locals, this season’s pickings from the Gielle estate have produced a delicate and fragrant, emerald green leaf. A fresh and floral tea to taste with hints of vanilla and sweet pea, followed by a lasting yet mellow citrus aftertaste.

It’s like walking through dewy grass and fresh flowers on a perfect spring morning.

1 tsp per 250ml, brew 1-3 mins at 80ºC.

Serve: Black Tea

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Every now and then a tea comes along that really surprises you. This was mine!

A really unique nose (albeit coming from someone who doesn’t drink much Darjeeling). Delicate but interesting, this tea has the aromatic character of a black tea veiled by the subtle freshness of a light green tea. Not dissimilar to a delicate Pai Mu Tan in some respects. Interesting, though the more I pick up on the nose of this tea the more I long for a little bit more punch – a longing that is quickly delivered on by a sniff of the fresh wet leaves, which smack of deep aromatic flavour and bring to mind a savoury character I can’t quite put my finger on… is it Oragano? Dried chives? Roast chicken?

A real freshness on the palate, with just enough tannin and acidity to make it a lively brew, but without any bitter astringency. And that savoury note is ever present on the palate too, this time with a more distinctly iodine character reminiscent of dried seaweed. The distinctive sweet herbaceousness common to Darjeelings (well, to me anyway) is certainly there, but in a more delicate and restrained form that I’ve never experienced before. Above all this tea is subtle and beautifully balanced.

The second steep brings out a real sweetness with rose petals, light straw and a subtle green freshness.

All up a really interesting cup. As a green tea lover I haven’t met many Darjeerlings I’ve wanted to be friends with, but this has made me wonder what I’ve been missing!

Flavors: Herbaceous, Iodine, Rose, Straw

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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