The Giddapahars were the only ones I did compare side by side, but unfortunately darjeeling.cz didn't state the invoice on that one.joelbct wrote:Have you used Thunderbolt, darjeelingteaboutique, or Mariage? Darjeelingtealovers looks okay too, but don't list invoice numbers.plod wrote:Tried last years Arya Imperial from Vahdam, that was quite good too, but pricey, and about 10-15 others that were forgettable.
Have you done any side by sides of the same year, estate and same or similar invoice, but different vendors? As you say, if Darjeeling is still producing next year....
I actually wanted to try Thunderbolt and darjeelingboutique this year. Didn't get hold of Thunderbolt, and once the other orders were in, I couldn't justify shipping charges from darjeelingboutique.
I haven't really been drinking enough of this stuff to get completist about it. Rather trying to avoid it, in fact, because all I really need (want) are 300 grams per year of really good SF, which I can get from .cz. But I guess I'll still get something from each vendor next year. As Hunter S. Thompson wrote after filling his tea trunk:
"Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious tea collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can."