TEA REVIEWS: Two 2015 Darjeelings at PekoeTea

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Some wonderful 2015 first flush Darjeeling teas have arrived at PekoeTea that are definitely worth trying. Today I’m reviewing two of these teas. These teas cup out vastly different flavours and show the diversity that can be found in first flush Darjeelings. The flavours in the Gophaldhara really grabbed my attention . . . read on to find out why  . . .

Gopaldhara 2015 First Flush Darjeeling Tea FTGFOP1
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Gopaldhara 2015 cups out a light golden liquor that has a vegetal aroma and a distinct basil flavour. It doesn’t have that crisp, dry bite that many first flushes have. Rather, it is smooth, clean, sweet and refreshing. This tea also good to try cold-brewed. I think the basil flavour in this tea is truly special and would be a big hit with first flush lovers.

Infusion times: 1m 30s, 2m, 2m 30s. 85 to 90C water

Retail price: 10 grams for £2 / 50 grams for £10 / 100 grams for £19 / 250 grams for £45.13

Rohini 2015 First Flush Darjeeling Tea FTGFOP1
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Rohini 2015 cups out a dark golden liquor that has a floral aroma, with some subtle vegetal notes. The flavour of the liquor reminds me of a classic first flush Darjeeling: it has muscatel, sweet and floral flavours, and the liquor is slightly crisp and dry. It is a tea with lots of flavour, and it has a long-lasting aftertaste.

Infusion times: 1m 30s, 2m, 2m 30s. 85 to 90C water

Retail price: 10 grams for £2 / 50 grams for £10 / 100 grams for £19 / 250 grams for £45.13

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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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