Glenburn King Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea
Flavors
Almond, Apricot, Citrus, Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Herbs, Malt, Mango, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Peach, Rose, Straw, Burnt Sugar, Cut grass, Fruity
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 11 oz / 315 ml

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  • “I feel like utter crap today. I couldn’t sleep at all last night. It had little to do with caffeine intake either. For one thing, I got my on-call schedule confused. I thought I was on-call this...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is an excellent tea. It has got a fruity note to it. It is a much lighter brew than the average black tea. It has no malty tones nor any astringency. I really can’t think of this as a black...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A distinct fruity flavour unlike the dominating floral flavours of First Flush Darjeeling, it makes for the perfect late afternoon companion. More so if you are stuck with a never-ending...” Read full tasting note
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The maiden 2017 harvest at Glenburn, one of Darjeeling’s most prized tea plantations. Produced in very limited quantity, this first flush 2017 offers a splendid bouquet of fresh flowers in every sip. Tenderly plucked and manufactured to perfection, the extravagant silver lined leaves prepare a majestic aromatic liquor. Discover delightfully sweet notes of ripe fruit, raw grass and cooker sugar in a smooth, intricately mellow cup with a long lingering finish. A succulent & heavenly early harvest for the ardent connoisseurs of Darjeeling first flush.

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I feel like utter crap today. I couldn’t sleep at all last night. It had little to do with caffeine intake either. For one thing, I got my on-call schedule confused. I thought I was on-call this week, but I’m not. I spent the last week getting myself in the proper mindset for that and now my body and mind still want to remain alert when I’m free to get some extra rest. Secondly, I have started dreading going into the office so much that I now have difficulty relaxing when I’m at home. If I didn’t need the insurance and the extra income, I would go ahead and quit, but that won’t be a possibility until July or August at the very earliest. Anyway, I was milling around the house in the wee hours of the morning and ended up using the last of my sample of this tea to calm my nerves.

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

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves emitted pleasant fruity, grassy aromas with floral underpinnings. After infusion, I noted scents of grass, hay, malt, almond, citrus, herbs, and Muscatel underscored by hints of dried flowers. In the mouth, I picked up notes of almond, malt, nutmeg, straw, grass, lemon balm, tangerine, apricot, peach, mango, rose, and Muscatel. I also thought i caught hints of chrysanthemum and dandelion petals, but that may have just been me reaching. The finish was smooth, though slightly astringent, offering lingering traces of almond, straw, grass, malt, and Muscatel underscored by a ghostly, indistinct floral quality.

This was another nice first flush Darjeeling. To me, it was more flavorful than the Glenburn Classic I recently reviewed, but not quite as smooth and approachable. Of the two, I can safely say that I preferred this one. It had a little bit of bite, as well as a pronounced muskiness that I enjoyed. I would have no issue with recommending it to fans of first flush Darjeelings.

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Citrus, Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Herbs, Malt, Mango, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Peach, Rose, Straw

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
teepland

Sorry you’re feeling miserable, but at least you weren’t disappointed with the tea!

Teatotaler

I can relate to your situation, eastkyteaguy. I am on vacation (staycation) from my high stress job this week, but I still feel that I need to be doing this or that for work. Insurance benefits play a large part for me putting up with a broad spectrum of horrors at my job. Darjeeling tea, for whatever reason, relaxes me more than any tea bar none. I definitely need to check out Vahdam. This tea sounds like a must have – Love Glenburn! Hang in there, my friend, and keep on sipping Darjeeling!

Fjellrev

That’s horrible, eastkyteaguy. I can only imagine how long it’ll take for you to get your sleeping schedule back on track and start to feel normal again.

cuddlesmom

I sympathize. Before my current teaching assignment, discipline issues created a lot of stress in my work life, causing many sleepless nights. Hope the tea helped.

Evol Ving Ness

Totally get it as my neighbours torment me with their screeching and cooing infant, television, ringing phones, exercise, social lives, and general lack of decency and respect and intrusion on my sleep and home tranquility. It has become stressful being or even thinking of being at home, so I wake up at the drop of a pin now, especially, of course, with their baby, their exercise, and their cellphones ringing or vibrating against our shared walls.

Evol Ving Ness

I am sorry that you are suffering. May these next few months pass quickly and easily.

eastkyteaguy

Thanks for the kind words everybody. My biggest issue with my job is that it is not what I was led to believe it would be. It was supposed to be an autonomous, school-based position implementing a curriculum that could be personalized, but it’s actually an office-based position and the curriculum is set in stone. There’s even a script that I have to follow for each lesson. There’s not a lot of direct implementation either, so many days I just end up sitting in my office all day doing nothing. I’m basically on-call. I have to find ways to keep myself occupied, and then when I go home, I’m mentally exhausted and frustrated. I’m so sick of it. If I don’t have anything to do, why do I have to go to the office? Wasn’t this position supposed to allow for autonomy? WTF?

eastkyteaguy

Oh, and Evol, I totally sympathize. When I was in college, my now ex-girlfriend and I used to have an absolutely horrible neighbor. She was this really bitter old woman who hated younger people, especially young men. The walls in our building were thin and her living room was on the other side of our bedroom wall. She used to turn the television way up and leave it on all night and all day. She also had this horrible little weiner dog that never stopped barking. Her middle-aged daughter used to live with her too, and was not only extremely loud herself, but kept weird hours. She worked nights or something and we would constantly hear her traipsing up and down the stairs at all hours of the night. She and her mom would have vicious arguments at random times, and sometimes we would even get the pleasure of listening to her scream at her boyfriend over the phone on our front stoop. We tried to be polite, we asked them to be considerate and keep the noise down, but we would be ignored, mocked, and would get ridiculous complaints brought to the building management about us harassing them. Let’s just say we found a way to get them back. They never bothered us again.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh dear. Having a script for each lesson alone sounds like hell. The cool thing about teaching is the improv, creativity, and personalization of it. Often it is the admin that stifles it. Being stuck in an office for little reason is a painful thing.

Thank you for sharing your neighbour horror story. Now I am curious about your retaliation tactic.

I think in my case, the people are not particularly evil, but rather self-and baby-obsessed and clueless. And likely feeling entitled. Maybe that counts as evil, but I am making an effort to see things in a different perspective than my own.

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1758 tasting notes

This is an excellent tea. It has got a fruity note to it. It is a much lighter brew than the average black tea. It has no malty tones nor any astringency. I really can’t think of this as a black tea but it certainly does not taste like a green either. In my opinion first flush Darjeelings are a type of tea of their own.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Aren’t they closer to being oolongs anyway?

eastkyteaguy

The last thing I saw regarding the classification of Darjeeling teas suggested that most are actually blends of black, green, and/or oolong material that continue to be treated as straight black tea for one reason or another.

Daylon R Thomas

That seems intuitive. There are a few Darjeeling Oolongs that tasted more like a black or a white than oolong to me. Oh well, what do I know?

AllanK

This one did taste in some ways more like an oolong than a black but not quite.

Evol Ving Ness

This whole darjeeling world is a fascinating place.

eastkyteaguy

I tend to lean towards classifying Darjeeling and some of its Nepalese counterparts as comprising a unique type of tea. I can’t really explain it, but they just don’t seem to have much in common with any other traditional black teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. Darjeeling tends to be a pleasing cup but unlike what I am usually after when I am craving a black.

AllanK

Second Flush Darjeeling Blacks are more like black teas than First Flush which is really a category in of itself.

Daylon R Thomas

Some Himalaya teas are similar, but then again, that range is next to the region.

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A distinct fruity flavour unlike the dominating floral flavours of First Flush Darjeeling, it makes for the perfect late afternoon companion. More so if you are stuck with a never-ending presentation. Its mellow flavour calms the mind while alerting the senses, the perfect cuppa to see you through a long day.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cut grass, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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