Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The tea has a very green flavor to it, primarily because it has grainy and nutty flavors. There is also a sweet butteriness to it that was not immediately perceivable, but became more apparent as I sipped the tea. "|
Thuderbolt's Jungpana FTGFOP1 China '09 is a first-flush Darjeeling tea that very much looks and tastes like a green tea. The dry blend consists of crunchy, large pieces that are equal parts brown and green. It is highly aromatic with a sweet muscatel-like fragrance. The brewed tea has a distinct and biting flavor. This tea has a bitterness to it that seems to be present in all first-flush Darjeelings. After brewing two cups of this, I must stress the importance of using sub-boiling water to prevent the bitterness from going from present and enjoyable to dominating and obnoxious (unless, of course, if you like bitter tea, then you should use boiling water). Like many Darjeelings, this tea is complex and at times hard to describe. The tea has a very green flavor to it, primarily because it has grainy and nutty flavors. There is also a sweet butteriness to it that was not immediately perceivable, but became more apparent as I sipped the tea. To further enhance the complexity of this tea, there were also light floral notes that popped up throughout the cup. Thunderbolt describes this tea as a "...retreat for tea connoisseurs that are looking for First Flush orthodox Darjeeling character", and I would certainly agree with them. This tea tastes like one would expect a good quality First Flush Darjeeling to taste. I would recommend this tea to experienced Darjeeling drinkers, but I would caution that those new to this type of tea may find it to be overwhelming.
— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Jungpana FTGFOP1 China (2009), 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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