Giddapahar SFTGFOP1 China Spl

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  • “not 100% sure if this is the exact tea I’ve got in my cup, but Sil sent me a sample via OMGsrsly of Giddapahar SFTGFOPI (SPL) Musk 2nd Flush. It’s been sitting in the depths of my sample bin...” Read full tasting note

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The original Giddapahar style Darjeeling First Flush 2013 tea made from pure china tea bushes. Giddapahar Tea Estate is one tea garden where 95% of the tea plantation area is under chinary tea bushes. They have a very small clonal section as well, but when it comes to china grade, they do bulk production. Its a small family owned tea garden where intricate care is done on its processing trying to get the best of the flavors. Mr. Sudhangshu, the owner of the tea garden sampled us a number of DJ samples and we liked the one we bought “DJ 3” and two more invoices. We got some bargain as well while picking some greater amount of the tea. We bought three DJs of which 2 were for our wholesale client. Its a marvelous tea!

Giddapahar SFTGFOP1 China Spl Dry Tea Leaves:
The tea leaves seems well rolled and twisted giving each one not only the twist it needs, but a whole curvy edge to the whole body (strand) of the leaf. The overall color of the tea leaves portray greenish with a mixture of dark and deep green colors. It has considerable amount of silver tips and presence of tiny the silver hairs give it a definite bloom to the overall appearance, making it very attractive in the true Darjeeling classic way. The tea leaves are highly aromatic and has an overall freshness that seems to relax the mind. It has also complex mixture of fragrance that is sweet, tender, grassy, spicy, salty, flowery and nutty like the almonds.

Giddapahar SFTGFOP1 China Spl Infusion or Wet Tea Leaves:
The leaves open up to its original size and has an overall bright infusion mostly green but comes blended with a slight hint of pale yellow and other shades of green, also some browns. It has an intriguing minty nose which comes parceled with mild sweetness. Some spicy and flowery nose can be found which depicts freshness. It is also nutty to some extent.

Giddapahar SFTGFOP1 China Spl Cup or Liqour:
As a classic graded tea made from pure china tea bushes and also being a First Flush, the cup doesn’t differ and has a light liqor, pale golden-yellow cup. The cup is light and bright which reflects back to the hands of time, at the time of careful manufacture. It has a definite briskness which intrigues the tongue with freshness and relaxation. The liqor becomes a well rounded cup if done with the correct steeping time. 3 minutes is recommended for steeping because the tea can turn bitter if steeped for longer time and the smoothness can be lost. It gives you a beautiful mouth-feel filling with all its characteristics that refers to being invigorating, sweet, almondy (nutty) and flowery. It has slight astringency which can be felt at the tip of the tongue, but gradually wades off leaving a sweet and spicy aftertaste.

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not 100% sure if this is the exact tea I’ve got in my cup, but Sil sent me a sample via OMGsrsly of Giddapahar SFTGFOPI (SPL) Musk 2nd Flush. It’s been sitting in the depths of my sample bin because, in all honesty, I’ve been TERRFIED to try it! I’m SUPER anti-darjeeling. I treat it like a delicate green, doing shortish steeps at low temperature, and I STILL end up with a hellishly bitter cuppa. So I tend to avoid darjeeling like the plague.

I made a cup of a sample I got from Fjellrev earlier, that had a darjeeling base, and I couldn’t finish the cup. I barely got halfway through it before giving up. It was super depressing, actually.

So I poked at my Facebook groupies, looking for advice as to how best to make a cup of this Sil sample. I got some great suggestions, and have made the cup but….

it’s sitting on my desk, in front of me, ready to sip, and I’m too scared to try it. It SMELLS lovely, a bit earthy, but with an underlying crispness. It’s a lovely coloured liquor and crystal clear. I just can’t convince myself to try it.

I’ll report back shortly, assuming I don’t end up dying from “Attack of the Bitter Tea”


Wow, I’m actually REALLY pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s definitely not what I expected, given that it’s a darjeeling. It tastes a bit more like a very short-steeped yunnan. It’s on the cusp of astringency, as if I pulled the infuser out milliseconds before the bitterness would’ve come out, and it dried out my mouth slightly, but in a good way, if that’s even possible?

I have enough leaf for a cup or two more, and I definitely won’t be afraid to steep it now!

Now, if only I could find MORE darjeelings like this one to add to my collection…

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I always find it neat when I enjoy the astringency of certain teas…being as I hate astringency in general, it’s quite surprising! :)

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