Giddaphar First Flush (2011) Darjeeling

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Giddapahar is nestled between the Rohini and Castleton tea estates. This 2011 Giddapahar First Flush tea has a delightful tea leaf of green though to dark with plenty of tips. When infused produces a lovely pale golden liquor and a sweet, honey like aroma. The light, smooth, sweet flavours linger long after drinking.

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I think I am officially over ordering tea from the US, for the most part. I’ve found great options from the UK, and I cannot get over the difference in shipping cost. Also, I placed my order on May 29 around noon (i.e. end of working day in the UK), and I just received it on June 2. This is blowing my mind.

Anyway, on to the tea itself. This has plenty of green in it, though less than the Jungpana. The dry leaf smells quite like hay. The liquor is nice and gold-amber, and yum! This is definitely less green-tasting than the Jungpana and with a bit more body. Deliciously smooth and sweet.


I’m amazed that it isn’t both faster and cheaper from the US O.o Exactly how fierce is the US/Canada border control???

(UK based, I’ve had a number of interesting things from Nothing But Tea, they’re recommendable.)


What??? Delivery in three days…Holy Hannah, I need in. Something to consider next time I try out a new company – What was the shipping like?


Thank you! I will check Nothing But Tea out as I’ve seen them mentioned before as well.

I’m not sure what border control is really like, but when I have packages with tracking crossing the border never seems to be the part that takes forever. It doesn’t actually cost a fortune to ship US-Canada, but a lot of American companies see it as a way to make some extra money off our orders which doesn’t seem to be the case with the UK companies I’ve looked at. A few American companies have been reasonable, but most are ridiculous.

Uniquity: I only ordered 125g of tea and shipping was something like $4 for air mail. Air mail wouldn’t be necessary, I think, because this was so fast!


Oh, and this tea house mentions something on their site about optimized small package shipping rates for orders between 500g and 1kg.

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