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Monday, March 29, 2010

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

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The Subject: Arya Clonal Exclusive ’09 — Autumn Flush from Thunderbolt Tea.


Water temperature: 200° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes

Aroma, dry: Planty, a hint of sweetness akin to cocoa
Aroma in the cup, plain: Planty, slightly cocoa-ish, hint of smokiness
Color in the cup, plain: Reddish amber
Taste, plain: Planty, slightly cocoa-ish, hint of smokiness, mild, no bitterness

This tea, like #6, is an “Autumn Flush” (the last harvest before the tea plants go dormant). The brew surprised us with a hint of smokiness that was not presaged by the aroma of the dry tea. However, the cocoa scent did carry through to the cup and lent a natural sweetness to an otherwise planty tea. Like the other six samples, this tea is unique in flavor yet very definitely a tea from Darjeeling, India. You could get by with adding a bit of milk and sweetener to this one, but try it straight first. You will probably find that they’re not needed.

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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