REVIEW: Postcard Teas – Spring Darjeeling 2014

IMG_6975 Tea: First Flush Darjeeling from the Subarna Tea Cooperative, Kalimpong, Darjeeling Sample provided by: Postcard Teas
Link to Spring Darjeeling on Postcard Teas website

The last three times I’ve been in Postcard Teas, I have been helped by Jonathan, a super nice guy who clearly knows tea and is a great source of knowledge about infusion times, flavours, etc. But when Jonathan was ringing up my purchases and he said, ‘You know Lilt, right?’, I thought what on Earth is he on about. He explained that their new first flush Darjeeling had been likened in flavour to Lilt – a carbonated soft drink with tropical flavours (especially pineapple and grapefruit). Not convinced this could be true, and not having had a Lilt for probably 10 years and forgot what it tasted like, I bought a can to take the taste test. Let’s test this Lilt reference.

Dry leaf:

– It is a beautiful dry leaf: the leaves are full and some are covered in white hairs (like on white tea)

– The dry leaf has a strong aroma – I detect mangoes and bananas

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a very light liquor, which is not much darker than water, and the aroma of the liquor has distinct fruity notes

– While the liquor has the underlying flavours of what makes a first flush a first flush, it is bursting with tropical fruit-like (and perhaps grapefruit-like) flavours that smack your palate and provide a wonderful aftertaste that grows in your mouth

– The tea is very light (just a bit more body than a silver needle white tea) and has almost no astringency

Conclusions/tips:

– Infuse this tea with 85 to 90C water for two to three minutes and drink without milk. It is good for three to four infusions

– While Jonathan proved to be right about the Lilt reference point, I can safely say that I’d take this tea over a Lilt any day. I had some great first flush Darjeelings last year, but this is by far one of most (if not the most) unique first flush I have ever tried. I much prefer first flush Darjeelings over the more-prized second flush, and I can recommend it without hesitation to first flush lovers

Score:

5/5

Retail price: 30 gram refill pouch for £9.95 / 30 gram caddy for £12.95

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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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