Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teatulia
Every spring in our Bangladeshi garden, the tea plants awaken from their winter dormancy bursting with new, tender leaves. The very first harvest of these leaves is called “First Flush” and is generally considered to yield the purest and most exquisite cup of tea available.
Learn more about this tea here.
I was a little hesitant to try this First Flush Black Tea from Teatulia, to be honest! A friend had reported back to me that she didn’t find it all that enjoyable, so, I hesitated trying it … but, I guess it just goes to show you that no two palates are the same because I’m really liking this … it’s quite good!
The coppery brown liquid smells sweet. And it tastes sweet. The sweetness here is reminiscent of the sugar-y sweetness of dried fruit … somewhere between raisins and dates. It has a fair amount of astringency toward the tail of the sip, and I’m noticing this astringency more and more as I continue to sip – it develops. It’s slightly dry.
The sip starts out with the dried fruit sweetness, and it moves into a leathery/earthy kind of flavor toward mid-sip, while the sweetness continues to be present throughout the sip. About mid-sip, I notice hints of malt that mingle with the aforementioned sweetness, giving it an almost caramel-y flavor.
Overall, a really good cuppa! And some other important things to note: It’s organic and single estate from Bangladesh! Because it is from Bangladesh, it is a slightly different tea journey … and one well worth experiencing.