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2nd Flush

What’s in a name? Diksam TGFOP 1 2nd Flush 2013 Assam

Today I tried a tea from Lochan Tea Limited, Diksam TGFOP 1 2nd Flush 2013 Assam.  Let’s start with breaking down that name! “Diksam” is the estate where these leaves are grown, part of the “Assam” tea region in India.  “TGFOP 1” is the designation or grade of the tea, in this case it stands for: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One.  “2nd Flush” indicates when this tea was collected.  In the case of Indian teas like this Assam, the 2nd harvest is more prized for its higher content of “golden tip” tea leaves.

This particular batch was harvested in 2013.  I’m a bit late to the party on this tea, since most leaves are at their best when fresh, but this brew still had some life in it.

Whew with all of that knowledge sinking in, let’s explore how this tea actually brewed up!  These leaves steeped into a rich, dark red tea smelling slightly sharp and bold right from the start.  When the tea was at its hottest, there was a scent of burnt caramel mixed in with the malty notes.  The taste of this tea echoed these scents while brewing, though there were new flavors as well, like a deep foliage note at the back of each sip.  This tea was definitely heavy and full-bodied, more earthy than astringent.  The tea was strong enough to hold up its boldness when mixed with milk.  The milk helped mellow out any bitterness and brought forward more of the barky, nutty tones.
While this particular batch isn’t available on Lochan Tea Limited at this time, they have a range of other premium black teas.  Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of the tea naming system, you’ll know more about what you’re ordering!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited

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Pooband FTGFOP 1 CH 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic

Pooband FTGFOP 1 CH 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited was not listed at the time of writing this review but it’s certainly one I wanted to share with you especially if you are into extremely strong black teas like I am.

I didn’t realize just how tightly pressed the leaves were until I infused them and it was THEN that everything seemed to come alive with this Pooband FTGFOP 1 CH 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited. The dry aroma was incredible it was deep and rich but with a little musk or airy-smoke to it. Once infused it was even more potent.

The flavor was extremely powerful, very strong, astringent, and a little bitter but I really liked it for those reasons! It was one of those black teas that is so strong it ‘will put hair on your chest’. Okay…not REALLY…but there is a bit of a memory association that goes along with this one for me. When I was little – and my grandfather ate or drank something that was REALLY strong he would always said ‘it’s so strong – it will put hair on your chest’ and that always stuck with me and I use that phrase to this day.

So if you are looking for a tea that is that strong and ready to stand up to ANY drag-your-foot kind of morning try Pooband FTGFOP 1 CH 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited.


Here’s the scoop!

LOCHANslider-1logoLeaf Type: Black Tea
 Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited
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Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited

You may have already gathered that I’m a fan of Lochan’s straight-up black teas.  They almost always provide that heft I’m looking for to get my day going!  Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited isn’t one of their most sturdy teas but it’s still one of their very scrumptious teas!

If you are looking for that stereotypical darjeeling taste with a twist try Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited.  It offers that muscatel yet sweet and sour woodsy taste with twists of citrus possible leaning more towards natural lime.  The after taste – especially as it cools naturally at room temperature – seems to have a grape-skin or raisin-like comparison to it, as well.  I tried sipping this a bit quicker – something I don’t usually do – but when I did I was able to detect some crusty flavors, too!  Now that I have discovered this I might try it more in the future.

If you are new to darjeelings Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited is a good place to start.  If you are a darjeeling guru you will appreciate this as well.  After all, Darjeelings are considered the ‘champagne of teas’.  I’m really enjoying Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited.  Let us know if you’ve tried this flush and year!

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited

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Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush 2016, Assam Tea from Lochan Tea Limited

Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush 2016, Assam Tea from Lochan Tea Limited maybe a mouth full to SAY but it’s a wonderful cuppa to SIP on as well!  I have to say I have always been partial to Lochan Teas when it comes to their wide selection of estate teas and different flushes especially when it comes to black loose leaf teas.  Their catalog of them seems endless!

If you are looking for a very strong black tea that has a lot of character and will provide a LOUD wake-up call in the morning Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush 2016, Assam Tea from Lochan Tea Limited might be for you!  It sure was for me!

The aroma of this dry loose leaf comes across very strong with bold cocoa notes.  It infuses to a dark brown and gives off a full, heavy-duty Assam flavor!  I can taste the dark yet daring black tea base with those saught-after natural cocoa flavors that move on to the aftertaste, too!  The aftertaste is that of a dark cocoa powder and I’m totally LOVING it!  Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush 2016, Assam Tea from Lochan Tea Limited is one heck of a morning wake-up tea!

 


LochanLogoHere’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited
Description: As I write this post Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush 2016, Assam Tea from Lochan Tea Limited is not yet on their website but you can check out their entire catalog of offerings HERE.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Sourenee Black Blossom – Organic – 2nd Flush 2013 – Darjeeling from Lochan Tea Limited

logoTea Type:
Black Tea

Where To Buy:
Lochan Tea Limited

Product Description:

Tea no longer available on website

Tasters Review:

Eventho this tea is no longer on the Lochan Tea Limited Website I thought it was still worth a mention.  So much so that I hope that Lochan Tea is able to get a 2014 or 2015 Flush of Sourenee Black Blossom.  The 2013 that I tried was a 2nd flush of this previous Darjeeling and I thought it was fabulous!

Dry – the leaves were fairly tight – but when the hot water was added – the enlarged and flattened out to a much larger size.  I’m chalking the multiple infusion capabilities to this leaf characteristic.  But that’s just my theory.  I was able to get at least 7 infusions out of the same batch over loose leaves.  The color was a darker brown once infused.  And if you like your black tea stronger – and tend to add more loose leaf to the water like I do (but infuse for a tad shorter) this stands up to the elements quite well.  It doesn’t go bitter…at least from my experiences.  It’s malty but at the same time it’s bright and brisk, too.  Just when you think the leaves are towards the end of their flavor intensity is when I think the iced tea factor comes in to play.  Yes…this tea also makes a pretty wonderful iced tea, too!

Overall – it’s safe to say I’m a BIG fan of this offering from Lochan Tea Limited but it just goes to show you that this company prides itself on offering the freshest flushes to its customers and you should get them before they are gone!