Review: Mark T. Wendell First Flush Darjeeling 2010 Puttabong Estate

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Thumbs up!"The flavor of this tea is rather complex, with earthy, muscatel, floral, nutty, and grassy notes all making an appearance. The overall impression I get is one of a fresh and clean-tasting tea."
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I received a generous sample of Mark T Wendell’s First Flush Darjeeling 2010 Puttabong Estate tea, so I was able to drink quite a few cups of this tea before writing this review. The dry leaves are an interesting array of browns and greens, and definitely have an earthy-muscatel aroma. I couldn’t find any preparation instructions on the website, but having drank many other first flush Darjeelings, including past years’ offerings from the Puttabong estate, I respected the importance of not using water that is too hot. Therefore, I prepared this tea using steaming water and a three minute steep. The infusion produces a light yellow-tan liquid. The tea has a subtle sweetness to it. I found the scent of the brewed tea to be a little “off”, perhaps best compared to a musty smell, but thankfully this did not come off in the flavor at all. The flavor of this tea is rather complex, with earthy, muscatel, floral, nutty, and grassy notes all making an appearance. The overall impression I get is one of a fresh and clean-tasting tea. The last Puttabong Estate first flush Darjeeling that I had was so harsh and bitter, that I still shudder when I think about it. In contrast, this year’s offering is smooth and enjoyable. Mark T Wendell’s First Flush Darjeeling 2010 Puttabong Estate tea is a great representative of a first flush Darjeeling. The tea has a rather unique flavor profile, so I don’t think it will appeal to everyone, but for those that like first flush Darjeelings, this is a great one to try. I will note that this tea is a little on the pricy side (running at a price of $84 a pound), but of course it can be ordered in increments smaller than a pound, and I should also note that the leaves can be infused a second time, allowing you to get a little more bang for your buck.

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