Leaf Type: Black (Darjeeling)
Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited
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I’m usually in the mood for a good Darjeeling, and this Dooteriah SFTGFOP 1 First Flush Darjeeling Tea from Lochan Tea Limited certainly qualifies as a good Darjeeling!
Generally speaking, when it comes to Darjeeling teas, I prefer a second flush to a first flush, because I love that muscatel note that the second flush is known for. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate a good first flush when I find one. And I’m enjoying this one.
The flavor is very crisp and clean. I notice background notes of flower and some woodsy notes, with foreground notes of fruit. I’d consider this a medium bodied tea. It’s got an enjoyable lightness to it, my palate feels refreshed as I sip it.
This is one of the more astringent Darjeeling teas that I’ve tasted in some time, and there is some bitterness, so I recommend watching the brew time (I recommend 2 minutes) and a lower temperature when brewing (I recommend 190°F). This will help keep the bitterness to a minimum.
Overall, a fine Darjeeling, but if you’re one who tends to shy away from astringent teas, this one might not be for you. However, if you’re a fan of Darjeeling teas like I am, you should try this one.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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