Sunday, February 24, 2008

Darjeeling - Badamtam FTGFOP1

Tea: Badamtam FTGFOP1/07-DJ6
Vendor: Lupicia USA

This tea was part of a package deal and it seems that it is not on the Lupicia website. I believe that the plantation specified Darjeelings are a store only item for now.

This was actually the first Darjeeling that I have ever had. It turns out that as I started learning more about Darjeelings, I started out with the bar fairly high. The Badamtam estate is in the Darjeeling West area of Darjeeling, India. While I will probably do a post later in more detail about Darjeeling teas I will cut the description of Darjeeling short for today.

While I haven't had enough Darjeeling to have a very good comparison to review here, I very much enjoyed this tea. It has a very light flavor to it, with a certain loftiness which is a quality that I find very hard to describe. Much as Darjeeling is referred to as the Champagne of Teas, how do you describe the flavor of champagne to someone? The flavor of the tea is very much floral and fruity, but nothing like any flower or fruit that I know of. It has a certain crispness that is not due to a bitterness or particular astringent nature, but just is there.

Rating: 10/10

Conclusion: While I absolutely love this tea, I cannot find myself a way to describe how and why, aside from I just do love it. Hopefully I will be able to develop a stronger baseline of what a Darjeeling should taste like and why this tea is wonderful, but for now, it is.


Anonymous said...

I haven't seen any single estate teas at the Lupicia stores in the San Francisco area unless they are available upon request.

Eric said...

The Badamtam I got was from the SJ Valley Fair mall. I got some springside from the Stonestown SF store. It's not part of their regular inventory, so it comes and goes with avaliability.