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drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell pleasant, and a bit enchanting. I’m inexperienced with Darjeeling teas so I can’t comment on quality. Looking inside the bag, the tea is a variety of colors: dark gray, dark red/brown, and yellow/silver.

I’ve heard that this variety of tea is very astringent and it didn’t disappoint. Not something I’d want to end my day on, but enjoyable on this morning. I steeped this twice, first at 4 minutes and then 6 minutes. The second cup was still flavorful and had a crispness to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
YellowBoxFish

If you have any of this left, i highly recommend you try less than boiling ~80deg Celsius, and shorter steep (3 minutes top). As in Darjeeling region, water boils at lower temperature. It gives you a beauuutiful grapey sweet taste, truly mindblowing in my opinion.

Dorothy

Oooh, thanks for the advice. I’ll have to try that when I get more Darjeeling tea. :)

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YellowBoxFish

If you have any of this left, i highly recommend you try less than boiling ~80deg Celsius, and shorter steep (3 minutes top). As in Darjeeling region, water boils at lower temperature. It gives you a beauuutiful grapey sweet taste, truly mindblowing in my opinion.

Dorothy

Oooh, thanks for the advice. I’ll have to try that when I get more Darjeeling tea. :)

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

How I rate tea:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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