TEA REVIEWS: Jollybrew – The Guv’nor & Delicate Darjeeling

IMG_0437Website: Jollybrew
Twitter: @jollybrew
Facebook: Jollybrew
Instagram: jolly_brew
Blog: Jollybrew Blog
Company location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK

Jollybrew is a UK-based online tea shop. It sells a large range of loose leaf teas, herbal and fruit infusions, tea bags and tea accessories. You can read more about Jollybrew and its team and products on the company blog.

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing two teas sold at Jollybrew. The first is a green gunpowder from Taiwan, followed by a 2nd flush Darjeeling.

The Guv’nor: Gunpowder

The Guv’nor is a green gunpowder tea from Taiwan. The tea leaves have been tightly rolled into small balls, and they have a smoky green colour. With infusion, the tea cups out a dark green liquor, and the wet leaves and liquor have vegetal and sweet notes. The tea is medium- to full-bodied. It has bold flavour and a slightly thick mouthfeel. Unlike many gunpowder teas this one doesn’t have pronounced smoky notes. Rather, the liquor has strong vegetal notes, with subtle sweet undertones. Some tannins come through in the finish and give the liquor a slight dryness, although it is an easy-drinking tea.

Water temperature: 80 to 85C / 176 to 185F
Water quantity: 200ml / 6.7oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 4g /.14oz
Infusion times: 3 to 5 minutes
Infusions possible: 2 to 3
Teaware used: Glass teapot

Retail price: £1.99 for 15 gram sampler


Delicate Darjeeling

Delicate Darjeeling is a 2nd flush tea with great versatility. It cups out a dark golden liquor with a striking sweet, muscatel aroma. The liquor is smooth, extremely easy to drink, and it has a thick mouthfeel. The aftertaste of this this tea is the star: sweet, muscatel notes are noticeable in the body of the tea, but the notes grow on the palate to provide a long-lasting aftertaste.

This tea has enough body and flavour to take it with or without milk. It is a very smooth tea, but it can serve as a strong breakfast tea. To take without milk, infuse three minutes. Infuse it for five minutes to drink with milk. The milk enhances the sweetness in the tea and pulls out some floral notes.

Water temperature: 90C / 194F
Water quantity: 200ml / 6.7oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 4g /.14oz
Infusion times: 3 to 5 minutes
Infusions possible: 2
Teaware used: Glass teapot

Retail price: £1.99 for 15 gram sampler / £4.50 for 50 gram tin / £4.50 for 70 gram refill bag



I really enjoyed both of these teas. Typically I’m not a big fan of green gunpowder, unless loads of fresh mint and sugar have been added to make a Moroccan-style tea, but the vegetal and sweet notes in The Guv’nor are much more to my personal taste. I also like the body that this tea has, and it can serve as a full-flavoured breakfast tea. Delicate Darjeeling is my favourite of the two teas. It is smooth, sweet and has brilliant muscatel notes. The body in the tea is very well-balanced, and it can be drunk with or without milk. Delicate Darjeeling is a tea that I could drink all day and be very satisfied with, and it is great value for money.


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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