What Black Are You Drinking

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Excelsior
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Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:34 pm

This is interesting. In what way were they better? I usually prefer Darjeelings picked mid first flush with invoices like DJ40. I’m drinking 2016 Margaret’s Hope DJ40 FTGFOP1 Organic now, and have been drinking this along with 2016 Singbuli DJ30 SFTGFOP1 Organic, for the past two years now since my preferred retailer never got a hold of mid first flush 2017 Darjeelings.

Even with an early invoice numbers like DJ1, I’m curious to know how they taste. Although the prices are quite a bit higher for 2018 they have lots of Darjeelings, DJ1 to DJ7, EX1 to EX14 to choose from.
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Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:44 pm

Excelsior wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:34 pm
This is interesting. In what way were they better? I usually prefer Darjeelings picked mid first flush with invoices like DJ40. I’m drinking 2016 Margaret’s Hope DJ40 FTGFOP1 Organic now, and have been drinking this along with 2016 Singbuli DJ30 SFTGFOP1 Organic, for the past two years now since my preferred retailer never got a hold of mid first flush 2017 Darjeelings.

Even with an early invoice numbers like DJ1, I’m curious to know how they taste. Although the prices are quite a bit higher for 2018 they have lots of Darjeelings, DJ1 to DJ7, EX1 to EX14 to choose from.
As I only casually enjoy Darjeeling, have gone to the expert, Salvador Sosa, his reply; “Aroma, taste and the quality of the leaves are something special. Deep floral aroma, rich and deep flavor. The leaves still look fresh and a lot of tips and greener leaves.” FYI, Salvador is also a taster for a very large tea retailer.
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Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:04 am

Victoria wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:16 pm
I’ve enjoyed having Singbulli DJ 1/18 SFTGFOP 1 China Supreme, a gift from tea buddy and super steeper Salvador. He shared that Darjeelings this year were better because of the strike last year; “in 2017 they didn't produced 2nd flush and Autumn flush, so the plants had a long time to rest. This years 1st flush is amazing, with record production.”
Interesting! Thanks for the intel.
Excelsior wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:34 pm
I usually prefer Darjeelings picked mid first flush with invoices like DJ40.
I seem to prefer the early spring special EX batches, c'est la vie. Expensive tastes...
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Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:51 pm

Tasting a Nilgiri handmade tea, from southern India. The leaves are long and wiry, producing an amber liquor with notes of chocolate and plum in the first few infusions, later moving into a less complex black tea. Gung fu’d this one per Salvador’s recommendation, the flavors are richer and denser this way. Steeped in a Shawn McGuire Great Wheel Studio wood fired shibordashi, and using Taisuke Shiraiwa‘s yuzamashi to cool the boiling tea, before sipping out of his masterfully crafted feather light cup. Thank you Ferg and Salvador.

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