Friday, May 17, 2013

Darjeeling TeaXpress 2012 Darjeeling First Flush Giddapahar China Special

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, varied brown and green
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: amber

The leaves of this tea were really beautiful. They had a nice twisted shape to them and the varied shades of brown and green were lovely. The taste was light and fruity with a pleasant underlying spiciness. There was also a fresh vegetal and almost floral element that came to the forefront as it cooled. The muscatel taste that Darjeeling is known for was there but it was more delicate than what you might find in a 2nd flush. There was a mild astringency but only enough to add a clean and refreshing finish. I've really enjoyed all of the teas that I've tried from +DarjeelingTea Xpress so far. One of my favorite things about them is that their website provides a lot of background information on both the tea and the estates. For example, I did not know that Giddapahar is also known as Eagles Cliff.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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