In search of Darjeelings

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I love Darjeelings but have found it tricky to shop for them. I've mainly g
one for 2nd flush from good estates --- Thurbo, Namring, etc,. -- and any a
ffordable Castleton deals. I don't have a good framework for choosing among
 them I generaly reckon I'll have to pay $80 a pound as entry price. I've t
ried broken leaf and a few blends but I really want the special surprise of
 the really good DJs. I've also gravitated to Nepalese Gold and a few stand
out estates like Guranse.

I'd welcome guides and opinions. Also, any opinions on Teabox which seems t
o be a potential game changer -- I tried a couple of their samples and was  
pleased by just how quickly the order arrived from India and the packaging.
 Are there other online providers that I should look at?

Thanks for any inputs

Re: In search of Darjeelings
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2:19:45 PM UTC-7, mandy george wrote:
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 gone for 2nd flush from good estates --- Thurbo, Namring, etc,. -- and any
 affordable Castleton deals. I don't have a good framework for choosing amo
ng them I generaly reckon I'll have to pay $80 a pound as entry price. I've
 tried broken leaf and a few blends but I really want the special surprise  
of the really good DJs. I've also gravitated to Nepalese Gold and a few sta
ndout estates like Guranse.
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 to be a potential game changer -- I tried a couple of their samples and wa
s pleased by just how quickly the order arrived from India and the packagin
g. Are there other online providers that I should look at?
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Mandy, I'm a big fan of Teabox. I've been a customer since they were Darjee
ling Tea Xpress. They've seemed to have dropped some of the estates they we
re carrying but they still have +20 to choose from. You get a nice cross se
ction of some of the small & large estates. (For me, there's nothing like J
ungpana estate 2nd flush - the muscatel is incredible). They have sample pa
cks for all their teas, so you can try before a big purchase. Try some samp
le packs of their greens & whites - Darjeeling's unique taste carries over.
 If you like other Himalayan teas, I suggest you try their Kangras - very i
nteresting flavor profiles.  

I would also recommend Golden Tips teas. They've been around for a long tim
e selling gift packs & more high end blends, but they've seemed to have mov
ed big into single estate Darjeeling's - they were carrying over 35 estates
.  

If you want a bargain, Thurderbolt Teas sells last years 1st flushes at 50%
 discount & 2nd flushes at 30% discount. 1st flush Darjeelings hold up pret
ty well so its a good deal. They were carrying between 10 - 15 estates.  

Thanks for the tip on Guranse. I've run into 2 Nepalese blends that I was v
ery impressed with but never knew a good estate. Let us know what you buy.  
  

Wes


Re: In search of Darjeelings
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:19:45 PM UTC-4, mandy george wrote:
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 gone for 2nd flush from good estates --- Thurbo, Namring, etc,. -- and any
 affordable Castleton deals. I don't have a good framework for choosing amo
ng them I generaly reckon I'll have to pay $80 a pound as entry price. I've
 tried broken leaf and a few blends but I really want the special surprise  
of the really good DJs. I've also gravitated to Nepalese Gold and a few sta
ndout estates like Guranse.
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 to be a potential game changer -- I tried a couple of their samples and wa
s pleased by just how quickly the order arrived from India and the packagin
g. Are there other online providers that I should look at?
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Many thanks, Wes. Helpful and fuels my interest in exploring more. I just g
ot Teabox's Darjeeling samples -- 66 teas. I'm a bit like the kid and the c
andy store. It's a superb mix and I find that it is both fun and perhaps ev
en necessary to vary your pick, whereas with greens and whites I tend to st
ick with a few favorites. Darjeelings have so many shades of taste and I lo
ve that tension between the full and the subtle. So far, I haven't found a  
DJ oolong that stands out -- the lack that aftertaste complexity that can h
ave me sitting up -- no grabbers so far.  

My next exploration is a few Assams. The estate labels don't seem worth the
 exra money and they so often seem on the edge of harshness.

I will chec out the supplers youmention.

Mandy

Re: In search of Darjeelings
On 07/04/2015 5:04 PM, mandy george wrote:
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If I may add a comment.  I have devoured various Darjeeling teas for
decades.  At present, I find nothing superior to a fresh Namring Estate.
  Year-old teas are generally quite drinkable and good value, but do not
compete in flavour with current year teas.

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Re: In search of Darjeelings
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It just happens that I am drinking the Namring second flush from Harney and
Sons this morning.  I like it a lot, but it's a very different style than
most of the more popular first flush Darjeelings.  It's much darker, without
that green note, and I'd suggest it's probably withered a lot more thoroughly
than the typical Darjeelings.  This is something I like a lot, but not
everyone does (as witnessed by the large number of grassy darjeelings out
there).  

I posted a month or two ago about testing a short list of second flush
Darjeelings... everything I tried had some good character of some sort.

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If you're lucky, they have been stored well and are nearly as good as the
fresh tea.  If you're not lucky, they can be like lawn clippings.  It all
depends on how well they were stored.
--scott

--  
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

Re: In search of Darjeelings
This past week I received 2015 First Flush Black Teas from Teabox and GoldenTipsTea and  3 White FF Darjeelings.
So far, I have been alittle underwhelmed with them.
They did not measure up to the First Flush Black teas from Silvertipstea I received last year. They have not received their FF yet.
The leaves have been broken(and small) and not as fragrant



Re: In search of Darjeelings
On Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 2:09:46 PM UTC+2, Joanne PR wrote:
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denTipsTea and  3 White FF Darjeelings.
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I received last year. They have not received their FF yet.
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Haven't posted here in a while, and I'm a little late but I've been somewha
t underwhelmed with this years DJs offerings as well; no matter where I got
 them from. Maybe there's some good stuff available somewhere but so far no
 real luck. OTOH I've tasted some remarkable 2015 FF leaves from Nepal, som
e Jun Chiabaris, Guranses and a wonderfully complex Sakhira. If it goes on  
like this our friends in Darjeeling have even more to worry about.  

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