Darjeeling 1st Flush Rohini Emerald Green

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Hay, Mineral, Grass Seed, Green Beans, Green Bell Peppers, Hot Hay, Apricot, Dry Grass, Drying, Earth, Mint, Muscatel, Spicy, Strawberry
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 g 7 oz / 208 ml

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  • “The loose leaf looks great, though it is 6 years old. As derk noticed, as it is from her, and actually from White Antlers (Thank you both!). The leaf looks pretty much as on photo, though bit...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sealed bag, Spring 2014 harvest. Delicate, brittle leaf in colors faded grey-brown-green. Smells spicy, dry and pungent — desert earth and green bell pepper without sweetness underpinned by...” Read full tasting note
  • “Alistair of What-Cha sent me a sample of his Darjeeling First Flush 2014 Rohini Emerald Green Tea with my recent order knowing of my last disastrous attempt at Indian green teas this year....” Read full tasting note
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The loose leaf looks great, though it is 6 years old. As derk noticed, as it is from her, and actually from White Antlers (Thank you both!). The leaf looks pretty much as on photo, though bit darker.

I decided to brew 3 grams in my 300 ml glass cup. I broke my gaiwan today, so I have decided to order a new one! From Tangpin (someone suggested them and I kinda liked some stuff they had and this was the “last drip” to place an order)

Well, it wasn’t remarkable tea. It was green with mineral notes, quite dry. Overall somehow too much hay-like. This tea seems I will get rid off soon somehow. Not really impressed and having way more another greens which needs to be drank as well and they are better.

Flavors: Hay, Mineral

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

Sorry to hear you broke your gaiwan, though new teaware is always nice! I also have trouble getting through my green teas, to the point that I rarely buy them anymore.

Cameron B.

Ooh, they do have pretty gaiwan! Too bad I never use one… XD

White Antlers

I am not a gaiwan user, even though I have several. If we lived closer, Martin, I’d give you a few of them. Green tea is something I realized is not for me-so more of the good greens for everyone else! : )

Martin Bednář

https://ibb.co/28Hbvt0 This is what I have ordered! I hope it will come soon and in one piece :)

White Antlers

Oh, that’s beautiful! Happy brewing and drinking!

Mastress Alita

Oh, I think I was the one that mentioned Tangpin (unless someone else did as well). I ordered from them recently and have been very happy with my teaware so far!

Martin Bednář

I thought it was you Mastress Alita, but I wasn’t sure. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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Sealed bag, Spring 2014 harvest.

Delicate, brittle leaf in colors faded grey-brown-green. Smells spicy, dry and pungent — desert earth and green bell pepper without sweetness underpinned by muscatel and strawberry.

First steep had a dry grass-desert earth aroma and a light golden color with a tinge of green. Viscous and smooth finishing dry with minerals and salivation. Mostly tastes of dry grass, barely noticeable apricot aftertaste. Feel mintiness in chest and in the sinuses. Second steep was basically hot water.

I would say time hasn’t been so kind to this green tea but RahRahSan’s review 6 years ago suggests that it was never remarkable to begin with. At least it had a nice mouthfeel.

Flavors: Apricot, Dry Grass, Drying, Earth, Green Bell Peppers, Mineral, Mint, Muscatel, Spicy, Strawberry

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
White Antlers

I’m glad you are safe, derk. I never cared for California all the years I lived there but it still deeply saddens me to see these devastating fires, year after year. As I told Mastress Alita, what pierces my heart more deeply and fiercly than anything is the loss wild life, the loss of their habitat and the house pets who could not be rescued in time.

Leafhopper

Yes, stay safe during this wildfire season. I work with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan who lose caribou and other animals to province-wide wildfires every season, and it is saddening. Please, put out your campfire when you’re done with it, as it can have a huge impact. Wildfires don’t need our help to start. Sorry, getting off my soapbox now.

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Alistair of What-Cha sent me a sample of his Darjeeling First Flush 2014 Rohini Emerald Green Tea with my recent order knowing of my last disastrous attempt at Indian green teas this year. Generally I don’t care for Indian green teas, I feel they overbrew to easily and become bitter; drinking Indian greens makes me feel like that particular type of tea novice who likes all teas except greens because they had a bad experience with them. I like to think that I am not prejudiced against Indian greens, but I do know that I can be overly critical of them. So take anything I say about this with a grain of salt.

The dry leaves are not particularly interesting; there is a lot of variation in the shapes, size and color of the leaves although this is fairly common in Indian greens. Generally I prefer tea that has a uniform shape and size so I always cringe a little when I see Indian greens.

For my first infusion I brewed at 176°F for two minutes. Even before it was done, I could smell the hay aroma. It had a very pure grassy taste, there was a little fruit notes, something like unripened apricot. It almost had an umami taste, but not exactly.

For my second infusion I brewed at 180°F for two and half minutes. This time it had a stronger wet straw scent, although I could still get whiffs of hay. As for taste, it still was grassy, but not as pure; this time it had a slightly ripper (but still unripe) apricot taste.

I decided against doing a third infusion, I didn’t feel it had much more to offer and in my experience Indian greens don’t make it past the second stepping. It wasn’t a bad green tea, but it definitely benefits of adding some form of sweetener to it. While I didn’t use anything in my tea, this teapot easily serves two, so I served the extra cup to my guest who happened to add a little honey to hers, and hers tasted considerably better.

I don’t think I would try this again, I much prefer second flush Indian greens, the muscatel taste in later harvests make Indian greens so much more interesting than first flushes. I don’t think this is a bad tea, just not one for me. I am not a fan of ratings, but if I had to give it a score I’d probably place it somewhere between seven and eight (out of ten).

(Photos at http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/10/what-chas-darjeeling-1st-flush-2014.html)

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