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Darjeeling No. 3! This tea is not what comes to mind when I think of Darjeeling. It’s not quite like any oolong I’ve had either. This is a very different tea.

The liquor smells like it could be a Darjeeling; it’s vaguely hayish, sour, and fruity. One sip completely evaporates that image though. It’s smoothly floral-sweet, with a prickly dash finish of something that verges on spicy. When I chugged down a mouthful, near the bottom of the mug, I picked up notes of almond butter and melona bar. It left a thick sensation and a sweet aftertaste. Best mouthful of tea today.

Maybe this could be a typical darjeeling on it’s softer second steep. It doesn’t have the astringent teeth I’ve come to expect with a darjeeling’s first steep. I feel like I cheated somehow, and got to my favourite part first.

The last couple servings are going off to Heather Martin soon, so this is sort of a sipdown. I think I may miss this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

This is the one I’ve actually liked!

Amariel

Yay! Can’t wait to try!

Cavocorax

Oh, I love this review. “I feel like I cheated somehow, and got to my favourite part first” – that is getting me to add to my shopping list! Haha. I’m such a baby about astringency sometimes.

CrowKettle

I’m the same way. I think that’s part of the reason I haven’t taken to most of the Darjeeling teas.

OMGsrsly

Do you want a cups worth, Cavo? That’s about all I’m willing to part with. :D

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OMGsrsly

This is the one I’ve actually liked!

Amariel

Yay! Can’t wait to try!

Cavocorax

Oh, I love this review. “I feel like I cheated somehow, and got to my favourite part first” – that is getting me to add to my shopping list! Haha. I’m such a baby about astringency sometimes.

CrowKettle

I’m the same way. I think that’s part of the reason I haven’t taken to most of the Darjeeling teas.

OMGsrsly

Do you want a cups worth, Cavo? That’s about all I’m willing to part with. :D

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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