REVIEW: Teekampagne – Darjeeling Second Flush 2013

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Tea: Certified Second Flush Darjeeling tea (FTGFOP 1) from Seeyok, Selimbong, Singell and Samabeong tea gardens
Sample provided by: Teekampagne in Potsdam, Germany
Retail price: 8.00€ for 250 grams / 26.00€ for 1000 grams
Link to Teekampagne Second Flush on website

After some heavy rains in Darjeeling delaying production, Teekampagne’s Second Flush 2013 is now available! If you missed my review of Teekampagne’s First Flush Darjeeling or my write up about the Teekampagne initiative, please check them out.

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf is well sorted. It is a broken leaf tea
– It is not particularly aromatic

Infused tea:
– The liquor has a nice copper colour that is similar to a light Ceylon (the second infusion is much lighter in colour)
– Like the dry leaf, the liquor is not particularly aromatic
– The infused liquor is very smooth (low astringency) and it does not have an over-powering muscatel flavour. It has a wonderful sweet finish
– It has a pleasant aftertaste that does not leave a dry feeling in your mouth like many first flushes

Conclusions/tips:
– Infuse the tea for three minutes. It is good for two infusions, and it is best taken without milk
– Although I am partial to first flush Darjeelings, this tea was a big surprise. Its sweet finish, light muscatel flavour and pleasant aftertaste keeps me wanting more

Score:
4.25/5

IMG_8684 First infusion, 3 minutes steeping time

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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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