REVIEW: What-Cha – Darjeeling 2nd Flush 2014 Jungpana AV2 Yellow Tea


Tea and origin: Yellow tea from the Jungpana Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Darjeeling 2nd Flush 2014 Jungpana AV2 Yellow Tea

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of medium to full-sized, curly leaves that range in colour from light green to brown to black. The dry leaf doesn’t present much aroma until added to warmed crockery, when a sweet, floral aroma is exposed

Infused tea: The tea cups out a golden-coloured liquor with a sweet aroma. On What-Cha’s website, they describe the tea as having a hay flavour. I definitely agree with this. The body has a hay-like flavour, and the finish is sweet. It has a moderate amount of astringency, which leaves a slightly dry mouthfeel (like a first flush Darjeeling). It is a light to medium-bodied tea

Infusion tips: Infuse three to four minutes with 90C water. Drink without milk. You can get two infusions out of this tea

Conclusions: This tea is almost a hybrid: its aroma (both dry leaf and liquor) and the flavour of the finish remind me of a first flush Darjeeling, whilst the body of the liquor tastes like a young raw puerh. The complexity makes this tea very interesting. I am constantly surprised by the variety amongst yellow teas: I’ve had one that reminds me of a lightly oxidised oolong, another that had strong smoky notes and this one. Yellow teas are still a mystery to me, so I’m glad to try this one and compare. I would be happy to hear what you think about this tea

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.34 / 50 grams for £8.50 / 100 grams for £15.94


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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