REVIEW: EqualiTea – Mineral Springs FTGFOP1 First Flush


Tea: First Flush Darjeeling (Fairtrade and organic)
Sample provided by: EqualiTea
Link to Mineral Springs on EqualiTea website

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf is full, curly leaves that are dark green in colour
– It has a light muscatel aroma

Infused tea:
– The tea cups out a medium to dark golden liquor
– Like the dry leaf, the liquor has a light muscatel aroma
– It is a light to medium-bodied tea that has very little astringency
– The flavour is of that of classic first flush Darjeeling: muscatel notes, with a slight hint of sweetness

– Infuse this tea three to four minutes with 85C to 90C water (I found closer to four minutes best). Drink without milk. Good for two infusions
– Of all the 2013 first flushes I’ve tasted, this tea is one of the least astringent of the lot. I think it will appeal to many who like a light afternoon tea, so I would be cautious about pairing it with strong-tasting treats or the subtleties of the tea will be lost. I found the second infusion to my taste, as the tannins came out and gave the liquor more flavour


Retail price: £11.30 for 50 grams


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 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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