Reviews

Bellocq Giddapahar Darjeeling 2nd Flush

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with scattered golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: dark amber

It had been a while since I visited Bellocq so I stopped in while I was nearby at MatchaBar. Their shop is so beautiful that I often get distracted and forget what I came for in the first place. I had been planning to stock back up on their White Wolf but then I realized that I was completely out of Darjeeling. Blasphemy! They had a few to choose from but I opted for the 2nd flush from Giddapahar as I thought my boyfriend would enjoy it the most. The taste was full bodied and brisk but with a lot of pleasant sweetness. I wouldn’t quite call it muscatel but there was some grapiness accompanied by a lingering floral aftertaste. It’s probably best to not add anything to this tea but a touch of honey might be nice if you were so inclined. This one is middle range for their offerings but a little expensive for Darjeeling. It’s not a daily drinker for me but I whip out when the mood strikes.

Giddapahar 2nd Flush sample purchased from Bellocq.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.