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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: Thunderbolt Tea’s 2010 Sample #8 Tea

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The Subject:  1st Flush 2010 Giddapahar China Delight
Company:Thunderbolt Tea. [More info]

Straight Tea Rating:

About the new rating designation.

Water temperature:200° F (our guess)
Steeping time:2-3 mins. (our guess)
Tea type:Mixed
Aroma, dry leaves:  Planty, a bit dusty smelling

1st Infusion:  
Steeping time —2½ mins.
Aroma, plain —  Fruity
Taste, plain —Muscatel character, tingles sides of tongue
Color, plain —Light orangey-yellow
2nd Infusion:
Steeping time —3 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Fruity
Taste, plain —Muscatel character, smoother
Color, plain —Light orangey-yellow

This is the last of the 1st and 2nd Flush teas from the 2010 harvest of specially selected Darjeelings from Thunderbolt Teas. I wanted you to see how it was packed (this is a full-size pack, not a sample pack), with the vacuum-sealed foil pack keeping each precious leaf as it was when the processing had been finished. Cute tea tins are fine, but these packs are infinitely practical.

The leaf appearance is pure Darjeeling, a range from green to copper and broken pieces:

The steeped liquid is also pure Darjeeling, with a fruity aroma, an orangey-yellow color, and that Muscatel character to the flavor that was smoother in the 2nd infusion. Hubby said he could have a nice cuppa this tea and a Walker’s shortbread cookie to go with it.

As with their other samples, this tea is best plain, without sweetener or milk. Fabulous and refreshing!

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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