Tea Tasting

tea tasting

A tasting through the seasons, spring to autumn harvests, with, from right to left, Organic Guranse Handrolled First Flush SFTGFOP, Darjeeling Jungapana Muscatel Wonder Tea Dj-139 and Kuwapani Autumn Flush lot #kp-45.
The tasty new regime begins…why not start yours….?

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Tea Labeling Nomenclature

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SFTGFOP

S-super
SFTGFOP(1)—sometimes used to indicate the very finest

F-finest
Finest TGF OP—highest quality grade (Note: “Special” is occasionally substituted for “Finest”, with a number 1 at the end to indicate the very finest), often hand processed and produced at only the best plantations, roughly one quarter tips.

T-tippy
Tippy Golden F OP—the highest proportion of tip, main grade in Darjeeling and Assam

G-golden
F-flowery
Golden Flowery: includes very young tips or buds (usually golden in colour) that were picked early in the season.

O-orange

• Color: The copper color of a high-quality, oxidized leaf before drying, or the final bright orange color of the dried pekoes in the finished tea may be related to the name. These usually consist of one leaf bud and two leaves covered in fine, downy hair. The orange color is produced when the tea is fully oxidized.)
• (The Dutch House of Orange-Nassau, now the royal family, was already the most respected aristocratic family in the days of the Dutch Republic, and came to control the de facto head of state position of Stadtholder of Holland and Zealand. The Dutch East India Company performed a central role in bringing tea to Europe and may have marketed the tea as “orange” to suggest association with the House of Orange.)

P-pekoe
(The origin of the word “pekoe” is uncertain. One explanation is it is derived from the transliterated mispronunciation of the Amoy (Xiamen) dialect word for a Chinese tea known as “white down/hair” (白毫; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-ho). This is how “pekoe” is listed by Rev. Robert Morrison (1782–1834) in his Chinese dictionary (1819) as one of the seven sorts of black tea “commonly known by Europeans”. This refers to the down-like white “hairs” on the leaf and also to the youngest leaf buds. Another hypothesis is that the term derives from the Chinese báihuā “white flower” (Chinese: 白花; pinyin: báihuā; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-hoe), and refers to the bud content of pekoe tea.)

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Puttabong Kakra Muscatel second flush SFTGFOP (Dj-221)

Darjeeling_tea_LogoPuttabong Kakra Muscatel second flush SFTGFOP  (Dj-221)

An excellent organic tea from the renowned garden Puttabong, the oldest in Darjeeling, founded 1852.

The leaf of the china jat cultivar is affected before harvest by a small insect, resulting in disruption to the leaf structure whilst growing, which causes oxidation, increasing the content of the aromatic substances and changing the colour, giving the tea a special taste.

A very well made second flush tea with beautiful dark orange to golden brown colour to the cup with a full heavy aroma, including flavours of precious woods, and the rich taste of ripe fruit and muscatel, which holds on the palate for a delicate and soft aftertaste.
(harvested second week of june 2012)

A wonderful tea displaying all the characteristic of a classic Darjeeling Tea in all its balance and glory….enjoy!

50g-$9.50, 100g-$17, 200g -$32

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Darjeeling Jungapana Muscatel Wonder Tea Dj-139 SFTGFOP-china special, organic

Darjeeling Jungapana Muscatel Wonder Tea

Grown as an organic classic ‘china bush’, -planted from seed not cuttings or clones, in an area found during a patrol searching for water (pani) for the king (jung) whilst warring with the English and Sikkimese . A stream was found and the tea garden later founded.

A very nice Autumn flush tea from one of the best classic tea gardens of Darjeeling (china bush etc) harvested in the first week of November 2012.

Dry, the tea has a classic dark bigger leaf with a fair amount of silvery and light golden tips, and a pleasant thick aroma of forest honey, Dutch cocoa and ripe blackberries.

After steeping for 5 minutes we get a dark golden orange sparkling cup with a well balanced medium to heavy taste of the classic Darjeeling teas and hints of mature forest fruits, honey, chocolate..

Whilst not a classic expressive muscatel tea, it is a wonderful harmonious tea with a fine aftertaste including hints of muscatel.

Darjeeling Jungapana Muscatel Wonder Tea Dj-139

a dark golden orange sparkling cup of Darjeeling Jungapana Muscatel Wonder Tea Dj-139

50g-$11, 100g-$20, 200g -$37

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the teas are in….!

the teas are in....!

The first shipment is in….!

read the posts below for info on some of the finest teas from Nepal and Darjeeling….white, green, golden, silver, masala and black including:

organic guranse FF SFTGFOP
organic guranse FF handrolled SFTGFOP
golden tips himalayan shangrilla SFTGFOP
kuwapani autumn flush kp-45 SFTGFOP
darjeeling jungapana handrolled wonder tea SFTGFOP
darjeeling puttabong kakra muscatel SF SFTGFOP
earl grey SFTGFOP

check them out, like, tell friends, family and acquaintances…

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And remember if you need approximately 2 grams of tea for a cup that is 25 cups/50g, 50 cups/100g…..very little to pay for these qualities of tea…(especially with discounts for orders over 500g)

So move on from the jitter of coffee and the stewed spinach of a tea bag and into the wonder and variety of the tea family and all its incredible variations….. enjoy….!

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cheers, stu