First Flush Oaks Darjeeling

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Almond, Butter, Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Malt, Muscatel, Pine, Straw, Wood
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5 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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This is a fine crafted First Flush Darjeeling from the Oaks Tea Estate. Oaks Estate is located in the Kurseong North section of the Darjeeling Hills tea district in India. It has the classic sharpness in the front of the palate that marks most First Flush Darjeeling Estate teas, yet with a complex floral aroma. The leaves are dark green with flecks of unoxidized bright green throughout; once steeped you’ll taste a brisk green flavor with smooth honeysuckle floral notes, almost like mild jasmine flower. If you love the flavor of a classic Darjeeling tea but also like it to be balanced with a floral and fruity body, then give Oaks Darjeeling a try!

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Here’s another tea I have been working my way through over the past several days. I only have about 6 grams left as of this time and expect to finish the remainder tomorrow morning. Overall, I found this to be a mild, pleasant first flush Darjeeling.

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped a fairly heaping teaspoon of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves produced a slightly floral, grassy, nutty bouquet. After infusion, I noted stronger floral aromas reminiscent of a combination of dandelion, chrysanthemum, and marigold, as well as touches of almond, hay, grass, malt, and pine needles. In the mouth, I picked up notes of lemon zest, herbs, grass, straw, pine needles, wood, malt, almond, and flowers underscored by subtle impressions of Muscatel and something of a butteriness. The finish was grassy, nutty, and malty with lingering pine needle and floral tones.

This was kind of a different first flush Darjeeling. It was very malty, nutty, and floral with less of a Muscatel presence than a number of others I have tried. I’ve noticed that a lot of folks list orange, mango, jasmine, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors when they describe the teas produced by the Oaks Estate, but I did not get any of that here. Truthfully, I let this tea go for some time and I could tell that it had perhaps lost a little of its luster, but overall, I still found it to be very enjoyable.

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Malt, Muscatel, Pine, Straw, Wood

5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I may have to try this one. I had a bad experience with other teas from this vendor, but might have to try them again based on your experience!


Teepland, in my experience Tealyra tends to be pretty hit or miss overall. I think part of the problem is that because they don’t identify their sources or consistently identify years of harvest, you can never actually be sure of what you’re getting. You can also not be certain that their teas come from the same sources from year to year, so it’s a crap shoot really.

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