Review: TeaGschwendner Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Phuguri

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Thumbs up!"This is absolutely the best Darjeeling I have tasted and deserves its title as the champagne of teas. This truly is the darling of the second flush."
Laura’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8/10, Barbara gave it 7/10, Kari gave it 8/10, Steven gave it 10/10
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phuguri.jpg"Ask those intimately connected with tea about crowning Second Flush achievements and only a few names are consistently mentioned. Phuguri enjoys this rare accolade; this pumpkin blonde cup is certainly convincing. Nectar-like peak notes of Muscatel, savory mouth feel and tailing astringency make this a sublime work of art." --- TeaGschwendner's website.

One of the benefits to being part of Teaviews staff is that I am able to try some really incredible teas that I might not normally splurge upon on my own. Darjeeling Phuguri is one of those teas. Normally if I am to splurge on a plain black it will be for a higher end Ceylon or some Golden Monkey. This is a truly incredible tea and I don't know why I have been putting off reviewing it for several weeks. My sample is beautiful to both look at and smell and there are many silver/white tips among the leaves. Drawing in a breath of the aroma rewards you with some nectar and floral notes. This totally makes you want to stop and enjoy the scent of the leaves for a minute and picture the estate in India that brought it to you.

I decided to brew this for closer to 4 minutes as the water that I was using had a chance to cool for a few minutes. I did add a touch of sugar to this also. The main thing to note is that this is incredibly smoooooth. There is a natural sweetness to this and some strong floral notes. TeaGschwendner's description that it has nectar-like peak notes of muscatel is spot on. There is a touch of astringency and it has a long finish. I enjoyed this without any milk as I almost feel that the addition of milk to this would be an insult to this tea despite the touch of astringency at the end. This is absolutely the best Darjeeling I have tasted and deserves its title as the champagne of teas. This truly is the darling of the second flush. While this is pricey ($34.40 for 100 g) and I don't think most of us could enjoy this as an everyday tea, it is worthy of a splurge.

— To purchase TeaGschwendner Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Phuguri, 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: TeaGschwendner Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Phuguri”

  1. Steven Knoerr Says:

    I am extremely fortunate, in that I live just up the street from one of only two Tea Gschwendner shops in the U.S. I go there quite often, and this is one of my favorite purchases. I’m delighted to see you agree with me.

    It has that Darjeeling astringency, but as you said, it’s very smooth. And it’s so complex! You get a wonderful grape-leaf scent in the steeped leaves, and that’s a delight in and of itself. But the tea! The finish is so long, with so many layers of flavor. For my money, the second cup of a pot of Phuguri is the best Darjeeling I’ve ever had. (Why the second cup? Because the minute amount of particulate matter that remains in the pot continues to oxidize even after the tea leaves have been removed, and that extra 5 to 20 minutes causes the tea’s flavors and aromas to develop, and it allows the complex chemistry in the pot to continue.)

    I’m very glad I discovered this tea review Web site.

    My Rating: 8/10

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