Review: Thunderbolt Tea Giddapahar Musk 2009

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Thumbs up!"The flavor was rich and wonderfully nuanced: musky, Darjeeling flowery, toasty, nutty, spicy, a little smoky, with a splendid honey and floral finish that lingered powerfully in the nose and on the tongue. I found myself consciously inhaling as I sipped this tea, relishing the fragrance along with the flavor, as they fully compliment one another."
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giddapaharmuskthunderboltIn case you've ever wondered, "flush" refers to the season in which a Darjeeling tea is harvested. A first flush is plucked between late February and mid-April and the tea is distinguished by a light color and a lively astringency. Second flush is plucked in May, yielding a mature, mellow brew and more vivid color. Monsoon flush teas are picked from July to September and give a much stronger "breakfast blend" brew. The Autumn flush is plucked from October to November and is uniquely aromatic.

According to Thunderbolt Tea's owner, he was able to acquire only about 50 kilos of this second flush musk Darjeeling from the Giddapahar Tea Estate, making it a limited offering. You might want to keep that in mind as you read the rest of the review.

The long, wiry dry leaves are a mix of light and dark brown, with many very light tips mixed in. The fragrance is thick and musky, very sweet, with heavy notes of chocolate, tobacco, floral, wine, and wood. Although definitely a Darjeeling, it put me in mind a bit of a fine Yunnan black, fragrance-wise.

I steeped a rounded teaspoonful in 195F water for five minutes and was rewarded with a superbly fragrant cup of medium copper color. While the chocolate notes persisted, it was more floral now, as well as nutty, with lots of sweet, musky notes, honey, and undertones of stone fruit. The flavor was rich and wonderfully nuanced: musky, Darjeeling flowery, toasty, nutty, spicy, a little smoky, with a splendid honey and floral finish that lingered powerfully in the nose and on the tongue. I found myself consciously inhaling as I sipped this tea, relishing the fragrance along with the flavor, as they fully compliment one another. A tea doesn't have to smell good to taste good, but it's always a plus when they do, one of many reasons I love Darjeelings. I must also confess a particular affection for Darjeeling musks, and the complexity they lend to these delicious teas. This is a particularly flavorful and aromatic tea, and a thoroughly dazzling drinking experience.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Giddapahar Musk 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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3 Responses to “Review: Thunderbolt Tea Giddapahar Musk 2009”

  1. jiri Says:

    I received a sample of this tea and it was every bit as delicious as you described it. However, when I ordered 400g of this tea I received 400g of tasteless inferior tea that I immediately threw out.

    My Rating: 2/10

  2. Anjan K. Nath Says:

    I had the same experience as Jiri. The sample was excellent and I ordered two kilos so that I could distribute to my friends here on Taiwan; but I received very tasteless inferior leaves which I promptly returned for a full refund.
    This time I ordered 1kg and although it is not a good as the sample I had received earlier, it is a good full bodied tea with the musk fragrance and flavour. I hope the Garden will not compromise on their standards as we are paying a lot for the tea.

    My Rating: 9/10

  3. Johannes Says:

    I’m trying to find a place to buy this tea for my mother, but i simply cannot find the specific product, could anyone maybe send a link to the direct product?

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