2018 Darjeeling Poobong Estate 1st flush Lot 2 black tea

Darjeeling 2018 1st Flush Poobong Tea Estate Lot #2

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Black Tea

 

Poobong Tea Estate 1st Flush
Lot #2

 

Organic
Grade:
FTGFOP1 CH SPL
Oxidation: approximately 75% oxidation
Wither: soft wither
Flavor: straightforward Darjeeling flavor: almost sweet flavors with a long, smooth and medium-bodied, fresh, clean finish. Just a hint of muscatel.
Aroma: pure aroma, notable in the dry leaf and also when steeped. Slightly vegetal – celery & parsley
Liquor: pale straw colored liquor

 

Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India
100% Pure, Un-blended Darjeeling tea

2018 1st Flush
Lot #2

 

1st Flush Darjeeling – February/March
2nd Flush Darjeeling – April/May

 

Spring is the peak time for new leaf growth as the tea bushes awaken from winter hibernation. These early-harvest, first-plucked Darjeelings are known as 1st Flush teas. This plucking season is followed by the harvest of 2nd Flush Darjeelings, which completes the annual spring harvest cycle.

 

Darjeeling tea is highly sought after worldwide for its smooth, rich muscatel flavor and fine bouquet. It is often referred to as the ‘Champagne’ of tea because of its elegance and finesse in the cup. The Darjeeling tea gardens are located in the Lesser Himalaya Range of West Bengal in Northern India. The flavor of Darjeeling tea is greatly influenced by the mist-shrouded environment of the tea gardens (which are scattered over the hills and valleys at 5,000- 6,700 feet in altitude) and the slow maturity of plant development in cool, high-altitude locations.

 

Supremely elegant and lively in the cup, 1st and 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas are among our most prized teas.

Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 1 infusion at 2-3 minutes
Water temperature should be 185°F-195°F

 

try a short re-steep with half the water if you are still thirsty after the first steeping

Our goal this year was to procure more variety in 1st Flush Darjeeling teas than we formerly offered. The more traditional weather seems to agree with our current thinking and has helped to produce many delicious teas for 2018. We will have Darjeeling teas with a softer, less astringent flavor profile, and also ones in the more modern, ‘European’ style. So whatever style you prefer – or if you enjoy them all – this is a great year for tea, and Darjeeling in particular.

 

Bob selected Tea Trekker’s 1st Flush Darjeeling teas for 2018 pretty much at the normal time of the spring, and those deliveries have been arriving by air courier and by surface transport. Check the listings regularly for new additions, and also for the 2nd Flush teas in July!

The flavor of this delicious Darjeeling is quite simply exquisite. It has a fresh, clean, full flavor. If you are a fan of Darjeeling teas that offer great flavor, are crisply vegetal in the mouth and offer elegant, pure flavor, then try this tea. You will notice right away that the dry leaf has a very pungent aroma, and that while the tea steeps this aroma lingers. The leaf is quite even in manufacture, has little green or tip, and is a perfect medium-cut size, which makes it an easy steeper for the novice or the pro. There is very little of the ‘German green’ in the leaf, but this Poobong Lot #2 is also not as darkly oxidized as the other two Poobong Darjeelings this season. The slender leaf has a well-formed, slight twist to it.

This garden uses principally China bush plantings for the leaf for this tea. We here at Tea Trekker had a very difficult time trying to decide between many samples of this spring’s Poobong 1st Flush selections for what would normally be our single 2018 Poobong Tea Estate 1st Flush Darjeeling tea. So I decided that the best course would be to offer several ‘lots’ of the teas (as they are referred to in South Asia) and allow for both variety and a unique vertical tasting. It is fascinating to taste three teas all from the ‘same’ garden and harvest, that have such different personalities.

This tea, Lot #2, has a flavor that is pure and focused, quite superior and very accessible. There are mostly notes of fresh herb: celery and parsley, tempered with river stone and all polished to a very clean, pure whole. The aroma is pure and light. Overall, this tea is for those who like a light and crisp, refreshing beverage. The liquor will not darken beyond a pale straw color, no matter how long you steep the leaf.

Poobong Tea Estate 2018 1st Flush tea is not finicky – we have steeped it for varying amounts of time with no unpleasant ‘bolting’ or off taste. While we tend to steep our Darjeelings for about three minutes, this tea will show well, we think, when steeped ‘Chinese style for 2 mins or less, or if you steep it longer, even 4 to 41/2 minutes. Because it is 100% China bush leaf, we like to use water that is just slightly cooler than the normal temperature for black tea. And be sure to try a second steeping – but only if you steep it short the first time. Try using half the water of the initial steeping and you will enjoy a bit more liquid tea from the leaf.

Poobong Tea Estate is a small garden in the prime growing area of Darjeeling. Located at the very high altitude of 2500 to 4500ft, on one of the highest peaks in Darjeeling, the China bush plants in this garden thrive the way they do at the higher elevations of Anhui Province or upper Yunnan in China, or in the high mountain areas of Taiwan. The landscape around Poobong produces abundant clouds & mist moisture, quite similar to the weather patterns in the mountains in China.

We are happy to be working with Poobong Tea Estate again this year. This tea came in at the same reasonable price as its two Estate-mates– a wonderful trifecta…