REVIEW: Teekampagne – Darjeeling First Flush 2013

Teekampagne - First Flush 2013
– Tea:
Certified First Flush Darjeeling tea (FTGFOP 1) from Dhajea, Lingia, Marybong, Nagri Farm, Phoobsering
– Sample provided by:
Teekampagne in Potsdam, Germany
– Retail price:
8.00€ for 250 grams / 26.00€ for 1000 grams
Link to Teekampagne First Flush on website

Dry leaf:
– The dry is well sorted, no highly broken bits, but it does have a nice scattering of some larger leaves
– It is not especially aromatic

Brewed tea:
– Colour of the first infusion liquor is a light green; the second infusion is darker
– a cup colour similiar to a gunpowder green tea
– Unlike the dry leaf, the brewed tea is wonderfully aromatic
– The liquor has a pronounced muscatel flavour, although it is less floral than some first flushes I have tried. It has a smooth beginning and a pleasantly dry and bitter end – which leaves the taste lingering on your palate, similar to a dry wine

My conclusions/tips:
– Turn off your kettle just as the water starts to boil. Let it cool for at least a minute before pouring on the tea leaves
– Steep for 2.5 minutes and serve WITHOUT milk or sugar
– Get at least two infusions out of this tea. I’ve found that the second infusion is my favourite, as the flavour of the tea is softer and smoother – a bit more refined.
– I have had more aromatic and flavourful first flush Darjeelings, but they came with very high price tags. If you seek an everyday Darjeeling that is great value for money whilst offering flavour notes that you would find in pricier Darjeelings, I would highly recommend that you give Teekampagne a try.

Score:
4.25/5

IMG_7678 First infusion, 2.5 minutes

IMG_7702 Leaves after two infusions

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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One Response to REVIEW: Teekampagne – Darjeeling First Flush 2013

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