Lopchu Flowery Orange Pekoe Darjeeling Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apricot, Blackberry, Brown Sugar, Brown Toast, Cherry, Chestnut, Dark Wood, Earth, Fruity, Hay, Herbs, Malt, Muscatel, Raisins, Smoke
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Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 7 oz / 218 ml

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  • “Yea gods this tea is good! I swear that if you’d told me that this is a Darj I would have laughed. It’s a 2nd flush (my favorite!) Darjeeling, and being only FOP, you’d think that it wouldn’t be...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Yet another sample from Teabox that I finished within the past couple of weeks and did not promptly review, this particular tea hails from the Lopchu Estate. Among the Darjeeling tea estates,...” Read full tasting note
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This FOP black tea from Lopchu plantation in Darjeeling has a distinct character. It is an uncommon, hard-to-find tea with a strong earthy body which is redolent of the cool, pine tree-studded hills of Darjeeling.

Situated between Darjeeling and Teesta, Lopchu estate’s teas have been a hit with connoisseurs the world over due its fragrant leaf and excellent quality. Lopchu garden has about 226 acres under tea production and much of the tea gets exported to Germany and other European countries. Most of the tea trees were originally transplanted from Yunnan Province in China. Chinese bushes together with the unique climate in Darjeeling has given Lopchu a delicate muscatel flavour, a fine aroma that is known for soothing experience. Lopchu teas can be enjoyed not just when its hot but also cold as iced teas.

Sku: LCFOPB
Grade: FTGFOP1
Date of Picking: June, 2013
Type: Black
Flush: Second
Plantation: Lopchu
Specialty: Exotic
Caffeine Level Low Caffeine
Best Use Morning

Steeping Instructions
1-2 TSP
90-100C / 194-212F
3-5 Mins

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Yea gods this tea is good! I swear that if you’d told me that this is a Darj I would have laughed.
It’s a 2nd flush (my favorite!) Darjeeling, and being only FOP, you’d think that it wouldn’t be great, but it is!
Imagine the best of Assam joined with the best of Darjeeling, and this will be it. And no, this is not a blend. There is something of the etherealness and light body of the Darj, coupled with the bassiness and nutty, earthy sweetness of Assam in this tea.
The only minus to be found is that it is astringent, and it’s not shy about it. I used a bit of sugar (less than a spoon) to tone it down, otherwise it would have been unpleasant. As it was, it was just a faint puckering of the mouth after every sip.
A unique tea experience, and something that I will buy more of.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
yyz

I love the tea from this estate too. I usually brew at a lower temp. So I haven’t had a problem with astringency, but as with many Darjeeling’s you may get different flavour notes at different temps. I agree it is a unique tea. I always have it in my cupboard when I can find it here. I’m glad you loved it!

NofarS

After a few tries with Teabox teas, I’m going to the upper end of temperature, and the lower end of leafing, but I will certainly try this tea at a lower temperature. I don’t mind a reasonable amount of astringency, but I know that it’s off-putting to certain people, which is why I normally mention it.

Sil

Really……..

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Yet another sample from Teabox that I finished within the past couple of weeks and did not promptly review, this particular tea hails from the Lopchu Estate. Among the Darjeeling tea estates, Lopchu is one of the more consistently revered, producing teas that are generally known for their woodiness, smokiness, and unique fruity tones. Though this particular tea was not the highest grade among the Lopchu teas I have tried this year, it produced a truly exceptional cup.

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped about 3 grams of loose leaf material in approximately 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, the dry leaf material produced pronounced aromas of wood, earth, and cherry. After infusion, I found a mixture of dark wood, blackberry, black cherry, elderberry, brown toast, earth, damp hay, and malt aromas. In the mouth, I picked up a unique mix of herb, hay, brown toast, roasted chestnut, malt, black cherry, stewed apricot, Muscatel, raisin, brown sugar, blackberry, and elderberry notes balanced by touches of earth, smoke, and dark wood. The finish offered lingering black cherry, elderberry, and blackberry notes underscored by subtle malt, brown toast, smoke, roasted chestnut, and herbal impressions.

Even though I have not had a tremendous number of teas from the Lopchu Estate, I have never been disappointed by any of the Lopchu teas I have tried. Each has been very unique and complex, striking me as standing apart from virtually every other Darjeeling available. This tea was certainly no exception. I adored the dark fruit aromas and flavors it showcased. They blended beautifully with the other aromas and flavors displayed by this tea. Definitely check this one out if you are looking for a unique, sophisticated Darjeeling that entices and mesmerizes just as much as it challenges.

Flavors: Apricot, Blackberry, Brown Sugar, Brown Toast, Cherry, Chestnut, Dark Wood, Earth, Fruity, Hay, Herbs, Malt, Muscatel, Raisins, Smoke

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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