Lopchu Golden Orange Pekoe Darjeeling Black Tea

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Burnt, Geranium, Wood, Astringent, Cherry, Chestnut, Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Earth, Fig, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Raisins, Roasted Nuts, Smoke, Tobacco, Walnut, Cannabis, Floral, Rose, Spices
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 9 oz / 256 ml

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This second flush black tea from Lopchu plantation in Darjeeling has a dinstinct character. It’s wonderfully woody and spicy notes gives it a sweet flavour making it an interesting second flush black tea.

Situated between Darjeeling and Teesta, Lopchu estate’s teas have been a hit with connoisseurs the world over due its fragrant leaf and excellent quality. Lopchu garden has about 226 acres under tea production and much of the tea gets exported to Germany and other European countries. Most of the tea trees were originally transplanted from Yunnan Province in China. Chinese bushes together with the unique climate in Darjeeling has given Lopchu a delicate muscatel flavour, a fine aroma that is known for soothing experience. Lopchu teas can be enjoyed not just when its hot but also cold as iced teas.

Grade: FTGFOP1
Date of Picking: June, 2013
Type: Black
Flush: Second
Plantation: Lopchu
Specialty: Exotic
Caffeine Level Low Caffeine
Best Use Morning

Steeping Instructions
1-2 TSP
90-100C / 194-212F
3-5 Mins

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652 tasting notes

2tsp for 250mL water @90C, steeped 5 minutes, drunk bare.


The description intrigued me: “toasted cereals, firewood, hint caramelized” — which sounds like a good Keemun, but this is grown in Darjeeling.

Cross a good and subtle Keemun with a lively Darjeeling and you get Lopchu.

It is absolutely delicious. It even has some buttery and mineral notes in the finish. It’s not smoky, not like lower grade Keemuns or a full-on lapsang, but there’s definitely a toasted grains/ Grape Nuts thing happening. It’s a tiny bit drying on the tongue. Some floral notes as it cools.

Complex and fascinating.

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100 tasting notes

I like this tea, the most predominant flavor is that of wood, with hints of geranium. It is complex and interesting.

Flavors: Burnt, Geranium, Wood

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I did not start trying Lopchu teas until the spring of 2017 when I received a second flush black tea from Lopchu as part of a sample pack from Vahdam Teas. Since then, I have tried two other Lopchu black teas, with this 2017 second flush black tea being the most recent. Their second flush teas are unique in character, not seeming to possess a tremendous amount in common with many other second flush Darjeeling black teas. Compared to the 2016 second flush black tea from Vahdam Teas, I found this 2017 tea to be smoother while still displaying plenty of the unmistakable Lopchu character.

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped about 3 grams of loose leaf material in approximately 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. No additional infusions were attempted.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of burnt wood and burnt chocolate underscored by hints of roasted nuts and spice. After infusion, I found strong aromas of smoke, black cherry, burnt wood, burnt chocolate, earth, spice, malt, and tobacco. In the mouth, the liquor offered notes of smoke, earth, burnt chocolate, malt, burnt wood, black cherry, Muscatel, and bitter, somewhat oily roasted nuts (black walnut, beechnut, chestnut, and hickory) underscored by hints of fig, prune, raisin, nutmeg, tobacco, and honey. The finish was mostly malty, earthy, toasty, nutty, and smoky, though I could still find fleeting impressions of burnt chocolate, Muscatel, and black cherry in places. There was a pleasant astringency that lingered after the swallow.

More drinkable and slightly less astringent than the 2016 second flush Lopchu black tea I tried in the spring of 2017, this was a very satisfying Darjeeling black tea overall. The aromas and flavors seemed to pop a little more in this one. I’ve liked all of the other Lopchu black teas I have tried, thus it should come as no surprise that I ended up liking this one too. It would be a great tea for Darjeeling drinkers who are looking to try something a little heavier, more unique, and more challenging without entirely having to leave their individual comfort zones.

Flavors: Astringent, Burnt, Cherry, Chestnut, Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Earth, Fig, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Raisins, Roasted Nuts, Smoke, Tobacco, Walnut, Wood

5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love Lopchu. It,s always in my cupboard.

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894 tasting notes

This is a really interesting and unusual Darjeeling. I don’t think I’ve ever had one quite like it – the dominant flavours are wood, smoke, malt and raisins, with some spice and cannabis notes in the background that hint at the origins of this tea. It’s quite sweet and bold, and the brew is a rich, dark brown. There’s almost a rose note in the fragrance of the brew, and just a touch of floral in the flavour.

There’s a bit of pleasant astringency to this cup – just a faint drying sensation that feels like it fits.

I’m reminded of a cross between a Darjeeling and a Qimen.

Definitely an interesting cup and worth a try.

Flavors: Astringent, Cannabis, Floral, Malt, Raisins, Rose, Smoke, Spices, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I really love Lopchu, though I think I prefer the Flowery one to this one. If you like it you can usually find a store that caters to Indian expats that carry it when available. Most of the tea grown on Lopchu estate is a Yunnan varietal and it gives the tea unique character.


I think I’ve tried some others from Lopchu, or if I haven’t yet, I have some in my cupboard. I’m a huge fan of Yunnan teas, so I’m not surprised I’m enjoying teas from other regions using Yunnan cultivars.

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