yshuto wrote:100g of each goes by rather quickly as my wife likes tea as much as I do. Her specialty is in green tea and she can perform the whole Japanese Tea Ceremony.
I hate to say it, because the teas are expensive, but the Darjeelings from Mariage are on a level above the Upton and Thunderbolt. Mariage charges
a hefty premium on their teas. If I had to rank them,
1 Namring (tied for 1st)
1 Namring Upper (tied for 1st)
I also purchased 2010 FF Margaret's Hope, 2010 FF Castleton, and 2010 FF Moodakotee. Even at a year old, they were above the Upton and Thunderbolt in aroma and taste. This is in no way a definitive ranking. They are the opinions of my wife and I.
I'm not sure if I understand you correctly. Are you saying that the same FF Namring is better from Mariage than Thunderbolt? Or, that Mariage has different tea gardens than Thunderbolt and is better?
I know that different invoices of the same tea can produce different qualities. I've experienced this in Darjeeling first hand. With an online vendor, you will usually not get the choice of which invoice the tea is from unless you specifically ask.
I am also still drinking some FF from 2010 but I can tell they are not the same as when they were fresh.