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marlena

(75 reviews)
Picture of Arya Clonal Exclusive [DJ 125] 2009

Arya Clonal Exclusive [DJ 125] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 7th, 2011

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)
Picture of Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 21st, 2010

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)
Picture of Arya Ruby (Tippy) also known as 'Moonbeam' 2009

Arya Ruby (Tippy) also known as 'Moonbeam' 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

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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Picture of Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

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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Picture of Risheehat SFTGFOP1 Wiry [DJ 562] 2009

Risheehat SFTGFOP1 Wiry [DJ 562] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

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 Goomtee FTGFOP1 Yellow Tea  2009

Goomtee FTGFOP1 Yellow Tea 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

the dry leaves and liquor have a rich, chocolate-like aroma.
i brewed ~10oz, 195F, 3min.
somewhat nutty flavor, but quite bitter.
not terribly impressed with this one.

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Alex Zorach

(1436 reviews)
Picture of Arya Topaz - Organic Darjeeling Oolong Tea 2009

Arya Topaz - Organic Darjeeling Oolong Tea 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 28th, 2010

Thank you Synth for sending me this one, and Marlena for sending some more. =)

This tea is VERY difficult to brew well, and is affected in major ways by subtle differences in water temperature and steeping time. That said, I've tried brewing this one multiple ways and I've gotten significantly better at brewing it,...

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