Reviews

Norbu Tea Thurbo Estate FTGFOP 1 – Darjeeling Tea – Autumn, 2012

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat curled with lots of golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: dark amber

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a sucker for Darjeeling, especially autumn flush. I bought a batch of sample sizes from Norbu Tea a few months ago and this was actually one of the last ones left. The dry leaves were beautiful to look at and I always love seeing lots of golden tips in my tea. It steeped up a really nice dark amber color that seemed to have a glow all its own. The taste was on the malty side with heavy floral musk notes and a fruity quality that almost reminded me of peaches. It had a pleasant astringency but I don’t think that it was quite strong enough to take milk and sugar. My second infusion was just as tasty as the first. I didn’t have a chance to try it yet but I have a feeling that this would make an excellent iced tea. Norbu Tea’s product pages always include a ton of background information about the teas. For instance, this one told a story about Thurbo Estate that I had never heard before:

The name “Thurbo” is most likely an adaptation of the Nepali term “Tombu,” which means tent. Reportedly, during the Anglo-Nepalese war of 1814-16 (the Kingdom of Nepal lost control of the Darjeeling region and Sikkim to the British as a result of this war), British troops set up a tent camp in the area that is now the Thurbo Estate, and eventually the term Tombu morphed into Thurbo.”

Thurbo Estate FTGFOP 1 – Darjeeling Tea – Autumn, 2012 sample purchased from Norbu Tea.

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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.