Giddapahar AV2 Spring Wonder, First Flush 2020

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Almond, Autumn Leaf Pile, Broth, Cream, Dandelion, Dry Grass, Flowers, Green Beans, Honey, Lemon, Mineral, Parsley, Pepper, Salt, Smooth, Squash Blossom, Vegetal, Apricot, Floral, Grass, Herbaceous, Muscatel, Spices, Stonefruit, Tannin, Wood
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190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 oz / 303 ml

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  • “Since the weather is warming up this week, I’m moving back to some lighter teas. I prepared this first flush Darjeeling 1g:100mL with 85C water, steeped western. When I came back to the glass 5...” Read full tasting note
  • “I just received a bunch of 2020 first and second flush Darjeelings from Lochan Tea, and, impatient as I am, I’ve already cut open one of the bags, even though I have some 2019 first flush on the...” Read full tasting note
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Since the weather is warming up this week, I’m moving back to some lighter teas. I prepared this first flush Darjeeling 1g:100mL with 85C water, steeped western. When I came back to the glass 5 minutes later to strain, confusion set it in because the aroma instantly reminded me of something I love: canned French style green beans. The taste is much the same, green beans mixed with squash blossom and dry grass, an undertone of yellow peony, a light note of Indian green chillies, and impressions of cream, almond and autumn leaf.

As soon as the sip, the liquor is luxuriously smooth and silky, glassy, clean. I really can’t get over the mouthfeel of this tea! It makes me think that a lot of the Dammann Frères advent black teas I tried this season might have had a Darjeeling base. The tea disappears like silk on the swallow, leaving the mouth comfortably slick and with a gentle salty-mineral mouthwatering finish. So good! I’ll have to try it with the higher temp water of Leafhopper’s note next time, which will most likely be later today!

I can see the similarities between this tea and another first flush Darjeeling I finished last month but this is so much more light and playful, gentle. It feels nourishing. A tea I could see myself craving in the hot days of October preceding our very short autumn. Thank you, Leafhopper :)

Flavors: Almond, Autumn Leaf Pile, Broth, Cream, Dandelion, Dry Grass, Flowers, Green Beans, Honey, Lemon, Mineral, Parsley, Pepper, Salt, Smooth, Squash Blossom, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML
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Oh man, I love fresh raw green beans but absolutely can’t stand those canned green beans. :D

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I just received a bunch of 2020 first and second flush Darjeelings from Lochan Tea, and, impatient as I am, I’ve already cut open one of the bags, even though I have some 2019 first flush on the go. Let me say that their foil vacuum-sealed bags are great for keeping tea fresh, but also sadly prevent me from trying all the teas at once, which I would totally do if I had enough empty tins. I steeped around 4 g in a 355 ml mug at 195F for 5 and 8 minutes.

I forgot how nice fresh Darjeeling is. The dry aroma of these fluffy, still slightly springy leaves is of flowers, autumn leaves, muscatel, chili, and stonefruit. The first steep has notes of herbs, chili, grass, honey, flowers, autumn leaves, muscatel, cream, and wood, with some stonefruit (apricot?) coming in on the aftertaste. This first flush is more savoury than sweet and has some pleasant astringency in the mouth. I wish Eastkyteaguy had access to this tea because there are flavours I can’t pin down that he’d probably get. The second steep has more wood and tannins, but still has the muscatel, spicy, grassy, and floral profile of the first steep.

This is an excellent way to begin my exploration of Lochan’s 2020 offerings. It reminds me a bit of the Guranse Spring Hand-Rolled Floral Black Tea from What-Cha I reviewed a few months ago. I gave the 2019 version of the Giddapahar Spring Wonder an 84. To my mind, the 2020 harvest is substantially better. There could be a number of reasons for this, including the AV2 cultivar, the possibility that I used more leaves, and the tea’s freshness. Regardless, I’m delighted I have 50 grams and look forward to trying the other teas I purchased.

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cream, Floral, Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Muscatel, Spices, Stonefruit, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 355 ML
White Antlers

This sounds lovely!

Leafhopper

It is! I was originally offered 100 g of this tea, but had to trim my order slightly since it was getting expensive. I kind of regret that now, though I’m sure they sent other good teas.

White Antlers

I will look forward to reading your tasting notes on the rest of your 2020 Lochans. : )

Leafhopper

There are a bunch of them! I hope the site continues to let me post reviews.

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