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Thunderbolt Tea


Web: www.thunderbolttea.com
Last Updated: Mar. 27, 2018

About Thunderbolt Tea

Thunderbolt Tea is a tea company based in Darjeeling, India, and founded in 1999 by Benoy Thapa, selling single-estate, single-harvest Darjeeling tea, often in small batches that sell out quickly. The company initially sold only locally, but in 2004 launched a website, selling the tea worldwide.

Thunderbolt carries first-flush, second-flush, and autumn-flush teas, which are available seasonally. In addition, they also sell a few Darjeeling green and white teas, and rarely, Darjeeling oolong. Thunderbolt's name comes from the name "Darjeeling", which means "Land of the Thunderbolt".

Thunderbolt sells its teas by mail-order through its website. Thunderbolt has selected a few gardens in Darjeeling to do business with, and sells tea only from these estates. The company also has a tea blog.

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marlena
(75 reviews)
80 / 100
Picture of Arya Clonal Exclusive [DJ 125] 2009

I listed value as only a 3 because you either have to order $60 worth of tea for free shipping or pay a very large shipping cost directly from India. Aside from that, this is such a good tea. It is the first one I have had from Darjeeling that smells like toasted peanuts. It tastes nutty and earthy and toasty. Not a...

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The Lazy Literatus
(6 reviews)
93 / 100
Picture of Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

Dear...God. Probably one of the best black teas I've ever had the pleasure to stick my tongue in. It embodies everything a Darjeeling should.

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synth
(31 reviews)
73 / 100
Picture of Arya Ruby (Tippy) also known as 'Moonbeam' 2009

this seems like a well-balanced 2nd flush darjeeling. i imagine that this is basically what an archetypical 2nd flush tea should be. some muskiness, nuttiness, bitterness, and astringency. no single element is really overwhelming.
good tea

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77 / 100
Picture of Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

the dry leaves have a chocolaty and nutty aroma.
the musky flavor and aroma does come out when brewed. a somewhat nutty flavor. a fairly well balanced second-flush darjeeling at a pretty good value. i drink this one regularly.

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70 / 100
Picture of Risheehat SFTGFOP1 Wiry [DJ 562] 2009

very fruity indeed; it's one of the most naturally fruity teas i've tried. very pleasant flavor.
not a lot of bitterness.
definitely a tea i return to frequently.

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Picture of Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Goomtee FTGFOP1 Yellow Tea 2009

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Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Risheehat SFTGFOP1 Wiry [DJ 562] 2009

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Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Arya Ruby (Tippy) also known as 'Moonbeam' 2009

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Arya Topaz - Organic Darjeeling Oolong Tea 2009

Style:Darjeeling Oolong
Region:Darjeeling, India
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