Review: KTeas 05-May Glenburn Second Flush Darjeeling Summer Leaf Tea FTGFOP1

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Thumbs up!"Sure, it had the nutty/malty/grapy stuff all Darjeelings are supposed to, but it gave off a bit more."
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This marked the last of my Glenburn samples provided ever-so-kindly to me by KTeas. This was an estate I was previously unaware of prior to this year's set of offerings (and one '10 oolong). The first flush put out by them met with palate approval, as did the oolong and Assam wares. I had high hopes for their second flush as a result.

The leaves were pretty standard fair for a Darjeeling second flush - mostly brown with the requisite muscatel and spice aroma. Very little deviation here. If I tried, I could detect a sweet undertone on dry whiff...but that took quite a bit of squinting.

Brewing instructsion per the KTeas site echoed my own except for the required. Along with the recommended 1 tsp per cup of water, they also suggested a three-to-four-minute brew time. That was a bit steep for a second flush. On average, one didn't go above two-and-a-half, but I chanced the minimum three at 200F.

The liquor brewed to a very even amber and a nutty/floral aroma with a follw-up of spice. It reminded me of a Ceylon with a smidge of ginger. Taste-wise, there was an oddly citrus-like front followed by the usual grape-'n-spice middle. The epilogue produced only a mild tannic kick, but mostly ended with a spicy trail. One thing I don't often associate with Darjeelings is "zestiness", but that is the only fitting descriptor I have. Sure, it had the nutty/malty/grapy stuff all Darjeelings are supposed to, but it gave off a bit more. And to that, I bid Glenburn farewell. See ya next year, hopefully.

— To purchase KTeas 05-May Glenburn Second Flush Darjeeling Summer Leaf Tea FTGFOP1, 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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