Review: KTeas 03-March Glenburn First Flush Darjeeling Spring Leaf Tea FTGFOP1

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It’s been a good year for Darjeeling. This year’s first flush teas (while they had a late start) imparted all the spice and majesty one comes to expect from the region. In all, I had the pleasure of sampling five-to-ten first flush Darj’s with winning results. I love that I can say I lost count of the total. How many can say that? Moving along…

The Glenburn estate was originally founded by a Scottish tea company in 1859. Since then, it fell into the care of the Prakash family. Known – at least according to their website – as the “Chaiwalla” family – the word denotes Indian teamakers, specifically those of masala chai. Glenburn is only one of several gardens under Prakash care; they also run an Assam operation, too. This was my first Darjeeling from this particular estate.

The color of the dry leaves ranged from browns, greens, and - dare I say - silver?! I loved the last bit. There were a lot of downy pieces in this batch. And they smelled wonderful, probably the strongest muscatel profile I've encountered on a first flush yet. Most I ran across of this last spring’s batch had an almost green tea-ish grassiness to their aroma. This one stayed well within the grapy confines.

KTeas recommended brewing 1 teaspoon in 7oz. of boiled water at a three-minute steep. While I bet that could’ve worked, I found I liked lighter Darjeelings best at two-and-a-half minutes. I brewed 1 heaping teaspoon in 8oz of boiled water for that length of time.

The liquor came out to a green tea-ish palette with a spicy frontal aroma. The smell ended on a fruity after-whiff. The taste was so boldly grape, one would’ve thought it was blended with wine. It even possessed a chardonnay-ish color. No astringency to speak of; no real dry-ness, either, just all fruit and spicy tickle. And it was SWEET! How many Darjeelings does one run into with a sweet profile?!

Yeah, this more than gets a pass.

— To purchase KTeas 03-March Glenburn First Flush Darjeeling Spring 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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