Giddapahar SFTGFOP 1 SPL Black Tea from Tea Swan. . . .

Giddapahar SFTGFOP 1 SPL Black Tea from Tea Swan is the tea of the moment for me while not only typing up this review but pulling of a pretty sweet sip down!

I’m a fan of teas from the Giddapahar Tea Estate and this specific tea is an early First Flush tea from Giddapahar Tea Estate in the Kurseong Valley of the Darjeeling region.

Giddapahar SFTGFOP 1 SPL Black Tea from Tea Swan is produced with leaves from China plants and offer a sweet musk of this 1st Flush Darjeeling’s dry leaves. Once I began infusing the loose leaves – the scent decreases from sweet to vegetal while giving off a light coppery brew. I noticed the flavor change from subtle spinach greens to musky hay to floral on the end sip. I enjoyed the twists and turns this tea takes!

It’s a mighty fine offering from Tea Swan, indeed!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Tea Swan
Description

Giddapahar black tea is very exquisite early First Flush tea from Giddapahar Tea Estate in the Kurseong Valley of the Darjeeling region.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Jungpana Spring Delight from Tea Swan. . . . .

Darjeeling Tea, is among the most special, and for good reason. The taste of many Darjeelings – especially THIS Jungpana Spring Delight from Tea Swan – is a wonder as it gives the smell of pure chocolate blended with spicy herbs. This variant of Darjeeling tea, hand plucked and hand rolled, is nature’s purest gift to mankind.

What makes this even more special in my eyes is that it’s organic. This was a 1st flush of 2017 and I’m coming to the end of my sample and wanted to write about it and share it with you before I ran out.

I infused the loose leaf for about 3 minutes at between 200-215 degrees and it seemed to infuse perfectly! At least perfectly for my own personal liking, that is.

Jungpana Spring Delight Black Tea from Tea Swan gives off the taste of fresh corn with a speck of marigold and gives off a deep, golden yellow brew. It’s truly delightful and delivers a full, robust flavor with very little astringency. When I read ‘smooth, refined and regal’ – according to the company’s website – I couldn’t agree more. It even finishes with a whisper of sweet citrus…how lovely!

This is a KEEPER to say the very least! Two thumbs up, indeed!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Tea Swan
Description

The taste of this tea is a wonder as it gives the smell of pure chocolate blended with spicy herbs. This variant of Darjeeling tea, hand plucked and hand rolled, is nature’s purest gift to mankind.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Doke Rolling Thunder Oolong from Tea Swan. . .

This oolong tastes precisely like I tossed some honey into it — without having to count calories! Cool, man!

It goes perfectly with the raisin-infused breakfast cereal (Kelloggs Raisin Bran) I had. It’s SUCH a similar profile I’d think it was in-mouth carry-over from the cereal itself, but it’s not. There was an hour in between, and that hour included a tooth-brushing.

If you enjoy a wheaty, raisin-y, sweet sort of blend, I can recommend both Raisin Brand AND this tea. Neither of which I’d had before today,* but both of which I enjoyed.

* My in-laws have a completely different set of cereals in their house literally every time I come over. Usually people have a favorite cereal they stick to forever, but my in-laws just buy whatever strikes their fancy or whatever’s on sale.

It occurs to me that my tea selection is similar. I have whatever gets sent to me by this site, or whatever I happen to pick up on my Internet travels, and then I sip it down or trade it out. Every time people come over to my house, it’s a different collection to choose from. I don’t know if this is fun or frustrating for my guests. Sometimes I go over to my in-laws’ and there’s nothing I want in the cabinet and I get unreasonably frustrated. But other times it’s a cornucopia of untried, delicious-sounding flake varieties.

They could probably start a blog like this BUT ABOUT CEREAL.

Anyway, this tea is a winner, so if you’re wandering around Tea Swan (formerly Lochan) throw it in the basket.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:   Tea Swan
Description

Doke Rolling Thunder Oolong Tea variant of Oolong tea is processed by expert methods of sun-drying and oxidation to yield a nice buttery flavor and fruity aroma.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Goomtee Muscatel Valley Autumn Flush 2016, Darjeeling Organic from Tea Swan. . .

Many of you may already know that I start each and everyday with at least one black tea. Recently finished up my stash of Goomtee Muscatel Valley Autumn Flush 2016, Darjeeling Organic from Tea Swan and I have to say it will be sorely missed!

The natural flavor of Goomtee Muscatel Valley Autumn Flush 2016, Darjeeling Organic from Tea Swan was both floral and spice and they shine thru this straight-up black tea. It’s warming and comforting on just about ANY day.

I like my black tea strong so I tend to add a few extra leaves of tea to my cuppa. A nice hefty, overflowing teaspoon in about 200 degree water for about 2 minutes seemed to do the job for me.

The aftertaste was a lingering masculine type flavor sort of like pine, for example. Prior to steeping the leaves we crisp and much like you see in the photo above. This is an outstanding black tea. If you are a fan of straight-up black teas – you are going to want to try this one!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Tea Swan
Description

Goomtee Muscatel Valley Black Tea is unique variant of whole leaf tea is collected from Darjeeling during the autumn flush. It combines the flowery essence of autumn and the spicy charm of spring.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Socklatinga Green Tea 2nd Flush, 2017 from Tea Swan. . .

I don’t recall if I have ever had a Green Assam from Socklatinga so I was thrilled to have it in front of me recently.

According to the Tea Swan website – Socklatinga Green Tea is a variant of whole leaf green-tea collected during the second flush of Assam and makes a cup of warm golden-green tea.

Tasting the charming fruity flavor of this tea was a pleasure but I also found it to be a bit grassy-green with a hint of helpful bitterness, too! What kind of fruity notes? Pear – possibly!

As I continued to sip on this tea I wanted to learn more about the tea estate, itself. A brief recap in my research found that the Sockieting Tea Estate produces 4,00,000 kgs of tea in a year and is a HACCP accredited estate. The property was procured from Andrew Yule & Co Ltd and spreads across 223 hectares of land.

This was a tasty tea. I would suggest it for those who enjoy a grassier-green with hints of pear-like-fruit hidden underneath.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Tea Swan
Description

Socklatinga Green Tea whole leaf green-tea collected during the second flush of Assam makes a cup of warm golden-green drink.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!