TD 11: Tindharia Estate 1st Fl. Darjeeling FTGFOP1

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  • “This is the last of my first flush darjeeling samples from Upton. sniff I should have purchased them all! I’m not sure where my tea thermometer is (again) but this was steeped at well below...” Read full tasting note

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This early 2012 selection is an attractive, well-made tea, with dark olive leaves, laced with delicate white tips and a smattering of brown leaf pieces. The cup has a gentle character with mild pungency and interesting grape flavor notes. The aroma is fresh and inviting. Early lots of Darjeeling teas are very small this year due to a lack of rain, so supply is limited.

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This is the last of my first flush darjeeling samples from Upton. sniff

I should have purchased them all!

I’m not sure where my tea thermometer is (again) but this was steeped at well below boiling. Out of the 3 FF darjeelings I’ve had so far from Upton, this has the most classic muscatel or grape notes. The liquor of this tea is light yellow and the aroma is fresh and light. I don’t get the pungency Upton describes in their note, but maybe that has to do with the water temp I used. I am getting a lovely sweetness in the finish which is quite delicious. This is very tempting, especially for the price, which is less than some of their other offerings. I think perhaps I do like the others I reviewed a bit more, flowery and tropical fruit practically transformed me to a different place!

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I’ve had my eye on this one for a while now. I’m pretty sure it was their numero unoo FF Darj of 2012-an early harvest. I have had three or 4 FF, and more 2nds from the Tinharia Estate, and have never been disappointed. Good quality tea at a reasonable price. I didn’t get any though (I wish I had), but I was focusing on a somewhat smaller order and other teas. Besides, if I purchased every tea (or even every sample) I wanted from Upton’s, I’d have to possibly not order from other companies. I really want to expand more into Puerhs this year, among other offerings from other companies.

Tindharia is a great estate! I also like Jungpana, Risheehat, Puttabong, Makaibari, Phuguri…….just toname a few. :))

Scott B

Did you purchase these FF as individual samples or did they have a FF sampler package?


I got them as individual samples

Scott B

ok, thanks.


Scott, they do have a couple different sample Packs-4 or 5 teas in tins. Adarjeeling Basic & Premium sampler set, but I’m not sure if this tea is included in these sampler sets.

Scott B

Thanks, Scott. I saw a Darjeeling Sampler set on their site, but it included some 2nd Flush teas-which I don’t want. Plus, it made me wonder how old the FF were in that set. I have no problem ordering individually, just thought Amy had seen something on their site that I hadn’t.

I see Upton has some Thurbo-now, what’s up with RtR?


I’m not sure about RtR…….haven’t ordered from them yet, but Amy had mentioned about their lack of 2012 Darjeelings (or something like that).

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