The first time I tried the Darjeeling, I just didn’t give it the steeping time for this delicate tea. I think I was waiting to experience fireworks from the “champagne of teas”… But I didn’t get that:( however, when I drank it for what is was worth and adjusted a bit longer steeping time…. I got it!! Wow, such subtle flavor, but such wonderful mouth watering bloom of flavor almost flower like and fragrant I can almost enjoy it in my nose… If that makes sense:) now I’m sure Twinings isn’t the premier Darjeeling but not bad for mainstream:)

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Just a normal guy that gave up the normal daily coffee for a healthier, more flavorful, more intrinsically complex beverage. Being a US marine and deploying on the regular makes enjoying a decent cup of tea difficult at times but shows that even the “rough” guys can enjoy a great cup of tea.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Absolutely awesome! I don’t know why i’m spending time typing about them instead of drinking!
85-89: pretty damn delicious, and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the cream of the crop.
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy and would drink again when i can find it, but more than likely will not make a second appearance except for freebies and samples.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: The unfortunate bottom category. This tea is just disgusting to me.


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