Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The flavor of this tea is complex, and requires a little concentration to fully appreciate it. This is an excellent Darjeeling and one that you are not likely to encounter every day."|
Lucky for me, being able to correctly pronounce a tea is not a prerequisite for sampling it. Otherwise, I would not have had the chance to try Thunderbolt's Giddapahar China Wiry Tippy, a first-flush Darjeeling tea. For starters, I was impressed with the sheer greenness of the tea leaves. As I was spooning out some leaves into my infuser, I had to do a double-take to make sure that those long green, blade-shaped bright green leaves were not actually pieces of grass (they weren't). As the name suggests, these leaves were very wiry, almost resembling vibrant green pine needles. The infusion is light brown in color and resembles a darker green tea. The tea has a complex fragrace, promising vegetal, nutty, and fruity tones. Not surprisingly, the flavor of this tea is also complex, and requires a little concentration to fully appreciate it. I would rate this a medium-bodied tea with grassy and chestnut flavors being the most detectable, although floral and fruity elements were also present. The tea seemed to have a creaminess to it, probably related to the nuttiness. This tea is not a sweet tea, and in fact there is a bitter aftertaste to the tea. However, the bitterness, being subtle, was not perceived as offensive at all, and worked nicely to round off the cup. This is an excellent Darjeeling and one that you are not likely to encounter every day. If you have the opportunity to get some of this, I would recommend it.
— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Giddapahar China Wiry Tippy, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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