Glenburn First Flush FTGFOP1 - Teasource
Tea : Glenburn First Flush FTGFOP1
Website: Glenburn First Flush
Website description: For those who want a lively cup. Fresh, herbaceous, slightly astringent, and good weight. An excellent value. Made in 2021.
Water: 240 ml/ approximately 8 oz
Temperature: 208 F
Steep Time: 3 minutes
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
My Overall Impression (Score of 85%)
This is the first tea that I’ve reviewed that I classify as a food tea. Most teas can be paired with food or enjoyed on its own. This one I feel will match better with food. Do not get me wrong; I Love this tea. I can drink it for a quick pick me up as the green tones and drying qualities wake up your palate. However, matched with the food ideas below will elevate this tea to another dimension. I did try a bit of red romaine with this. The bitterness and astringency in both were canceled out.
As of 3/3/23, the tea normally costs $10.80 for 2 oz (50 gm) but is on sale for $5.40.
- 56 gm / 3 gm for steeping = 19 cups
- 50 gm cost $5.80 (Sale Price) or 31 cents per cup
Typically, I double steep all my teas (use the tea twice) so I can get 38 cups or approximately 15 cents per cup. Without looking at the price, this is a great cup of tea that is full of body and lovely aromas. For the discounted price, its even a better value.
Quick note: In the title, you can see the letters FTGFOP1. These refer to the following terms:
Fop – flowery Orange Pekoe describes large tea leaves.
G – golden refers to the gold tips of the new leaves.
T- refers to Tippy or describes the high portion of gold tips that make up the tea.
F- Finest level of quality.
Therefore, FTGFOP1 is the Finest Golden Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe which makes this tea one of the finest ranked teas.
- In the bag, large aromas of grassy notes and hay followed by Italian herbs such as parsley, thyme, marjoram, rosemary with a hint of alfalfa.
- In the cup, the herbal qualities shine with a hint of hops and seaweed.
- The aromas are not as strong initially but build over time.
- This is a bone-dry tea with pleasant astringency.
- It’s filled with green flavors throughout such as oregano, parsley, and bay leaves. These are long lasting and dominate the grassy notes.
- The tea has drying properties for the palate so you may consider a touch of sweetener (in this review, no sweetener was added).
- Aromas (4.6/5)
- Flavors (8.2/10)
- Overall impression (4.2/5)
- Total score = 85 percent (17/20)
Foods to Pair
- Basil Pesto Pasta with Sauteed Shrimp as the pesto would bring out the natural herb qualities in the tea.
- Herb Based Salad as the herbs in the salad would match with the tea’s qualities.
- Grilled rosemary marinated roasted vegetables as the grilling will caramelize the sugars to balance the astringency in the tea.
- Spinach Frittata as the spinach would balance out the herbal qualities and the tea’s acid would clean the palate.
- Chicken Salad in endive cups as an appetizer as the bitter endive would balance the tea.