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    Yatra Tea Company Goomtee Estate Darjeeling – 1st Flush 2017

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: mostly dark with scattered greens, buds throughout Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: stainless steel infuser basket Liquor: amber My mind has been on Darjeeling a lot over the last few months. After a tumultuous summer where the tea industry came to a grinding halt, things are slowly beginning to move forward again. Thankfully we do still have some 1st flush to carry us through until 2018. Vikram Mathur of Somerville, Massachusetts based Yatra Tea company must have read my mind when he reached out to see if I was up for reviewing some of their teas. One thing that really intrigued me about…

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    Udyan Tea Rohini Jethi Kupi Black Tea

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: dark green and brown with silver tipps Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and stainless steel infuser Liquor: amber I am very much a second flush (or Autumn, or Monsoon…) Darjeeling person. It’s not that I dislike first flush but the ones that I’ve tried tend to be a bit too green for me. This one from +Udyan Tea was a bit more oxidized so it was right up my alley. The leaves were quite beautiful, both before and after brewing. Floral and malty notes danced around a robust vegetal background. There was a pleasant crispness without being overly astringent.…