Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing LibberTea’s – First Flush Darjeeling. As much of a Black Tea fan as I am for some reason before I did this tasting session I had not yet had one single cup of Darjeeling in 2020 and normally Darjeeling is the black tea I reach for the most because I love how well it pairs with sweet treats and how delicate it is compared to other black teas. I just wish I hadn’t waited this long to do this tasting session and I’d reminded myself of just how much I love Darjeeling much earlier in the year.
Here’s what LibberTea themselves have to say about this tea over on their website: ”Situated on the southern slopes of the Himalaya Mountains. Darjeeling is one of the most renowned tea regions which produces some of the most exquisite teas in the world. LibberTea’s Darjeeling First Flush tea has delightfully fresh and light floral scents with subtle light-hearted spicy notes.”
Ingredients: 100% Black Indian Tea.
Tea Tasting Notes
Oh wow…. This Darjeeling is absolutely fantastic and I’m so thankful I was given the chance to try it. I’ve not had a first flush Darjeeling for a while and this one reminded me of why I love Darjeeling so much.
I definitely think that between first flush and second flush Darjeeling, first flush is definitely my favourite. It has quite a sweet aroma and an incredibly fresh flavour . The cup is very fruity and mellow with rich notes. It’s smooth, light and far from astringent it’s an absolute pleasure to drink. This is perfect on its own and doesn’t need anything at all added to it milk would definitely overpower the subtler notes that make this tea so beautiful. It’s naturally quite sweet and so adding honey would just ruin it. I steeped this for around 4 minutes and that’s how long I would recommend you steeping this as well. Any longer and you’ll overstep and make this astringent and bitter and that’s the past thing you want to do to this beautiful tea.This has definitely made me want to get back into drinking more Darjeeling’s both first and second flush during 2020. Before this tasting session I had not had Darjeeling for a while and like I said towards the start of this post it’s definitely reminded me of why I love it so much. Darjeeling is definitely the perfect black tea for spring and summer and I’m not really excited to drink lots more of it over the coming warmer months.
This will definitely be a Darjeeling I go back to purchase once I list my tea buying ban. Its the perfect black tea for spring afternoons and would pair well with an afternoon tea. Something tells me this would be a great tea to drink with my favourite afternoon tea treat Scones with lemon Curd and cream. Just like Ceylon I have found that Darjeeling pairs beautifully with lemon so they would be a match made in heaven that I will have to experiment with soon (I’ll take any excuse to have Scones!).
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about LibberTea and purchase some of this delicious Darjeeling for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me over on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*