Review: Darjeeling Tea Boutique Gopaldhar FTGFOP1 2012 First Flush

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Its OK"A lighter Darjeeling with hints of tobacco and honey. However it does have an unpleasant aftertaste that I didn't care for."
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I feel like celebrating today as my house is finally quiet enough for me to sip and savor a cup of tea. My choice today is from a vendor that is new to me, Darjeeling Tea Boutique. They specialize in teas direct from India. Their website is calming with some beautiful pictures. There are some glitches however as they don't have a search engine and some of their buttons are not clickable. I wish that I could tell you more about the company but that is one of those buttons that doesn't work. They also list a bunch of medical claims for their teas which is one of my pet peeves.

Now about my sample. The leaves are larger and range in color from a lighter green to a medium olive. The aroma is mainly that of fresh cut hay with hints of tobacco and muscatel.

I set it up to brew using 195 degree water and a steep time of 3 1/2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a surprising gold in color reminding me of some oolongs. The aroma is musky with the muscatel shining through.

This is a lighter Darjeeling. It has hints of tobacco, clover honey which is pleasant. It also have a lingering musky undertone that remains the tongue that I am not quite as pleased with. As it cools this taste is replaced by strong mineral component that also sticks about. I would almost recommend letting it cool slightly first but I didn't care for either aftertaste.

This hasn't been the best example of a First Flush that I have came across and wouldn't be one that I would stock personally. However everyone's tastes vary so it might be worth trying for yourself.

— To purchase Darjeeling Tea Boutique Gopaldhar FTGFOP1 2012 First Flush, 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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One Response to “Review: Darjeeling Tea Boutique Gopaldhar FTGFOP1 2012 First Flush”

  1. Niranjan Naulakha Says:

    The link to Darjeeling Tea Boutique has been changed to
    Sorry for the broken links. If the visit was made on 19th Dec 12, we were doing a massive change with site structure & links.
    Thanks for the review.
    Sorry for tea lovers looking to buy Gopaldhara ff ’12, the tea reviewed got sold out in May – June’12.

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