Every season the Thurbo Moonlight has been a favorite among our connoisseur friends from across the world. This Moonlight summer black tea is at part the best and is characteristic of fluffy brown-black leaves with extravagant silver tips. The aroma is sweet and flowery with a bright golden liquoring cup. The flavor is extremely fruity and flushes your mouth with its presence, without any sort of astringency.
An outstanding second flush Darjeeling.
Leaf Type: Black (Darjeeling)
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Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Water Temp: 194 - 212°F
Steep Time: 3-5m
The constant lack of sunshine is really affecting both my mood and motivation this week. I've been content to sit on the couch covered in blankets, snuggling with my toddler, but I can only do that for so many days in a row before I start to feel like I'm being lazy. When I woke up this morning I decided today was the day to shake things up a bit. Instead of my normal healthy breakfast and cup of green tea I chowed down on the last of the Banana Split bread I made yesterday and spent some time looking through the batch of review samples that arrived earlier in the month. I was looking something a little bit different than normal, so I pulled out a Darjeeling from Golden Tips.
I don't tend to drink Darjeeling very often, not because I don't enjoy it, but because I'm still rather unfamiliar with it. When Golden Tips offered to send me samples I jumped at the chance to learn a little bit more about the tea that is often referred to as the Champagne of Teas. Out of all the teas I've tried I feel like Darjeeling can be the most confusing. There are different grades, different flushes, and even to someone who has been drinking tea for ages, it's a lot to take in. Todays tea, Darjeeling Thurbo Moonlight Black is a second flush tea, which means it was picked in June (on the 11th at the Thurbo Estate to be precise.) The grading of the tea, FTGFOP1 Moonlight, tells us that this is a premium grade tea, made with whole leaves and buds that are generally golden in color. I'm not sure what the Moonlight designation is for, but it may mean the tea was picked in the evening, although I'm not 100% certain.
Now that I've helped you wade through the complicated side of Darjeeling teas, lets take a look at the tea itself. The dry leaf gives off a heavenly spicy scent that is tempered with slight notes of musk. I couldn't wait for the tea to finish steeping because it smelled absolutely fabulous. The first sips didn't let me down, those notes of spice and musk were the first flavors that were apparent before the honey-like sweetness began to creep in. As it cooled the fruit and floral flavors began to develop, reminding me somewhat of my favorite oolong. There is no astringency or bitterness to this tea, it's very smooth, making it something I could easily drink a lot of. This was a great first-step in my Darjeeling education.
Would I order this again? Yes. I loved the combination of spice, honey, and floral notes and the lack of astringency.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by Golden Tips Tea for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.