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TD22: Steinthal Estate TGBOP First Flush (DJ-25) Organic - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Darjeeling First Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 25, 2013

Commercial Description

A smooth, medium bodied BOP Darjeeling notable for its pleasant, lingering flavor. The fresh, floral note and the hint of citrus add depth and balance. Steep for approximately 1½ minutes to bring out the gentle pungency.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212º (boiling)
Steep Time: 1-2 min.

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63 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
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Disappointing for a first flush and even among broken-leaf Darjeelings. There's a heaviness to the flavor, even though it is smooth. I'm detecting neither the "fresh floral note" nor the "hint of citrus".

I'm not sure what to recommend with the brewing; if you go longer this tea becomes heavy, although not too bitter. If you go with less time, the aroma is too weak.

I did notice, however, one redeeming aspect of this tea. It goes extremely well with salty and spicy foods. While I don't enjoy drinking it on my own, I'd recommend trying it if you have some of this tea on hand. It's quite remarkable!

Among Upton's offerings of broken-leaf, high-grown teas, I prefer the basic Darjeeling blend TD06, and I much prefer TM20.

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