Darjeeling Spring Gold First Flush Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apricot, Grass, Muscatel, Citrus, Cream, Flowers, Herbs, Honey, Lemon, Malt, Peach, Straw
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Caffeine
Low
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 oz / 268 ml

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  • “This First Flush Darjeeling Blend is quite delicate for a black tea, in line with the general characteristics of first flush Darjeelings. It has notes of grass, apricot and a slight muscatel...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Okay, I’m back. That work retreat was even worse than I anticipated. It was equal parts exhausting and infuriating. I got back home Tuesday evening, and since then, I have mostly been focused on...” Read full tasting note
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From Vahdam Teas

A majestic &​ superior master blend of exquisite first flush teas from high elevation organic tea estates from the mystical land of Darjeeling in north-east India.​ This spring Darjeeling courts an elusive grace and lightness, backed by a sensational floral profile. ​The flavor is elegant and delightfully complex with appetising sensations of sugary blossoms and a whiff of peaches. ​The well made leaves are present hints of magnolia and honey on the nose. The tea also offers tender notes of mangosteen on a few rolls and finishes on an absolutely mellow and sweet note. The smooth lingering finish overwhelms your taste buds. A classic example of Darjeeling spring finesse.

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This First Flush Darjeeling Blend is quite delicate for a black tea, in line with the general characteristics of first flush Darjeelings. It has notes of grass, apricot and a slight muscatel aftertaste. The second infusion leans more heavily towards the grassy and muscatel notes, and doesn’t seem to loose strength. I generally favour second flush Darjeelings, but this is a pleasant tea, well suited to summer afternoons when I prefer lighter flavours.

Flavors: Apricot, Grass, Muscatel

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Okay, I’m back. That work retreat was even worse than I anticipated. It was equal parts exhausting and infuriating. I got back home Tuesday evening, and since then, I have mostly been focused on resting and clearing my head. I spent yesterday finishing a tea I started working my way through a couple days before I left. I started working on my sample of this first thing this morning.

This particular tea is a blended Darjeeling. A lot of commercial Darjeelings are blends (if you’ve ever had a bagged Darjeeling, then you’ve had a blend) and many of them are crafted from leaves picked during multiple flushes. This particular blend, however, is crafted exclusively from first flush leaf material. Basically, Vahdam sourced first flush leaf material from a number of estates and blended it to produce a pleasant and consistent set of aromas and flavors.

I prepared this tea Western style. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose leaf material in 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, the dry leaf mix produced an herbal, slightly grassy bouquet with a noticeable Muscatel undertone. After infusion, I picked up delicate aromas of grass, straw, Muscatel, flowers, peach, and citrus. In the mouth, I found a delicate mix of straw, grass, herbs, Muscatel, cream, malt, honey, apricot, peach, lemon, and tangerine underscored by a subtle dried flower note. The finish was smooth, offering lingering touches of apricot, peach, grass, citrus, malt, and Muscatel on the back of the throat.

This was an extremely pleasant, approachable blend. Normally, I prefer stronger, muskier aromas and flavors in Darjeelings, but this managed to hit the spot for me. To this point, I have found a lot of first flush Darjeelings to be grassy and herbal, but this blend wisely downplayed these qualities in favor of highlighting the uniquely appealing fruitiness of the best teas from the region. I could definitely see this blend making a great introduction to first flush Darjeelings. If you have had difficulty getting into this particular style of tea, I would recommend giving it a shot.

Flavors: Apricot, Citrus, Cream, Flowers, Grass, Herbs, Honey, Lemon, Malt, Muscatel, Peach, Straw

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
teepland

I always enjoy your reviews of Darjeeling teas. Darjeelings are some of my favorites and you’ve given me a number of teas to add to my list of brands to try. Thank you for your thorough reviews—they are very helpful!

eastkyteaguy

Teepland, thank you for the kind words. They are very much appreciated.

Fjellrev

Oh no, isn’t a work retreat supposed to leave you in an even better headspace than before? I wish it went better for you.

eastkyteaguy

Fjellrev, I suppose a work retreat should do that, but this one didn’t and there were many reasons for that. I felt like I was being pressured to join a cult.

eastkyteaguy

I forgot to add that I did, however, come to the conclusion that the time to start transitioning out of my current position is now. I have already reached out to the supervisor of another department about a possible transfer, but if that doesn’t work out, I’ll leave at the end of July at the very latest. I’m most likely going back to school for my doctorate in the fall anyway.

Fjellrev

Ugh, at least one good thing that came out of the retreat is solidify that your position/work environment isn’t for you. What were you thinking of getting a PhD in?

eastkyteaguy

Actually, it’s not a PhD I’m pursuing. I’m supposed to start my DC in the fall.

Evol Ving Ness

What is a DC? This Canadian is unfamiliar with the term.

eastkyteaguy

Doctor of Chiropractic.

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