Did a regular round of tea tasting of available Darjeeling Teas First Flush 2009. If I haven’t mentioned then new 2009 Darjeeling First Flush are in stock apart from the teas which are laid on our site on the 2009 first flush page.
Took out four teas for this tea tasting session namely Arya FTGFOP1 Clonal, Puttabong Clonal Classic, Singell Tippy Green and Giddapahar “China wiry tippy” (thats the name given).
All seem to have ‘light and bright’ cup except for Arya FTGFOP1 Clonal which resembles the characteristics of Ruby, slightly darker cup. The fruity and flowery characteristics seem dominant in all with some amount of astringency (steep less if you don’t like this) – lesser in clonals. Puttabong has an excellent sweet aftertaste that keeps lingering. Arya Clonal has an excellent malty and fruity flavor.
The Singell Tippy Green is one that is totally different from the rest. It is grassy and the dry leaves are green with shiny hairs – 99% buds. Seems as if its unprocessed n the leaves are at its natural state – God knows:) Frankly if you don’t like the grassy taste, avoid this, but its state boasts of abundance of antioxidants!
All teas are different with different characteristics which is unmatched when compared to each other. To conclude and hail one as superior to the other is difficult because of its own unique individual characteristics which is not found in the other – complexity rules and you are stuck in that endless time calculating and contrasting characteristics. But if you want my taste buds to create a difference, then my olfactory speaks for Arya FTGFOP1 Clonal and Puttabong. Please remember, the conclusion given here is according to my liking, which can have a difference of opinion when others taste it.
Its your palate, you decide!
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