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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review: Thunderbolt Tea’s 7 Darjeeling Teas - #4

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The Subject: Risheehat Clonal Flowery ’09 — 2nd Flush from Thunderbolt Tea.


Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes

Aroma, dry: Sweet, earthy, planty, nice tea smell, very mild, fragrant
Aroma in the cup, plain: Sweet, earthy, planty
Color in the cup, plain: Medium reddish brown
Taste, plain: Mild, smooth, “champagne-like” taste, not bitter, no floral, very pleasant, “woodsy,” “poof” of herbalness (sage) after swallowing

The leaf pieces are smaller, so we went with a short steeping time. Very different from the other Darjeelings yet having a distinctive Darjeeling taste. Often called the “champagne of teas,” Darjeelings have a natural sweetness, yet a planty and earthy character. This tea is not exception to that.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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