Camellia Sinensis Samabeong DJ-13 1st Flush Organic & Fair Trade Darjeeling [Episode 24]

British style tea. In episode 24, James & Denny travel to a completely different country, India. With very small and partially oxidized leaves, they review a Darjeeling from Camellia Sinensis.

6 responses to “Camellia Sinensis Samabeong DJ-13 1st Flush Organic & Fair Trade Darjeeling [Episode 24]”

  1. Interesting and fun to see you gents try a FF Darjeeling! If it came from Kevin, then you can be assured that it is top-notch.

    Best wishes,

  2. Thanks Peter. It was quite an excellent tea and far better from the expensive, premium Darjeeling I bought at the New Delhi Airport this year.

  3. Thank you for the video. As I’m in the opposite direction : trying new oolongs from taiwan and have been drinking darjeeling for many years, was intersting to see your reaction. One tip I can think of while brewing darjeeling is to keep the temp below 194 F/90C. Brewing it in boiling water as in taiwanese oolong will “scorch” most darjeeling especially first flushes.
    offtopic question: in these days a lots of winter oolongs are coming out from taiwan. Could you do a video\article comparison between the spring version and the winter version of the same tea? Thanks as always

  4. Thanks Barak. Good tip, Denny and I had a discussion of what water temperature to use, both of us brew up Indian teas so seldomly! This Darjeeling was encouraging that there are some very high-quality teas to be found.

    Yup. We will eventually be doing these things. Although, we have the next 5 episodes scheduled out, we’ll eventually be getting there. Generally speaking, Winter Harvest tends to have more body and Spring is a bit more floral and lighter. I’ve also been conducting vendor profiles which Taiwanese tea vendors to go along with our Taiwanese tea series. Here’s a teaser of what Ross from Tea from Taiwan had to say about the difference between harvests:
    Winter and spring are considered the best harvests for oolong tea because of the cool and moist growing conditions during these seasons. The slower the tea grows the more flavorful it is. Winter tea grows more slowly than spring tea, and because of this winter oolong tea is often called the best crop of the year.

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