516 Tasting Notes

93

My go-to Darjeeling when I’m sick and need cup after mad-hot cup. More muscatel and body that the Stash Darjeeling Spring. Miles ahead of Twinings Darjeeling/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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14

Love Darjeeling and know how to make it. Familiar with estate blends, single estates, spring and summer flushed. Okay, I’m mad for Darleeing. But I really disliked the Twinings loose. Weak and stale tasting. Old? Adulterated? Maybe I had a bad batch?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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78

Sharp, and a bit thin in body. Pleasantly spicy, and the guarana does add some kick. The anise does not overwhelm but it definitely announces itself.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

If I was being snobby, I’d call this a Darjeeling wannabe. But it deserves a little more respect than that. It’s got similar tasting notes to Darjeeling, being grown at a hgh elevation in Nepal, but seems a big fruiter to me. I didn’t find it any more energizing than any other black tea, incidentally. Milk might overwhelm this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Complex. Steep carefully. Save this one for a proper sit-down; Turkish Delight is not to be drunk thoughtlessly while checking e-mail. A little sweetener (I use stevia) brings out the peppercorns, pistachios and especially the apples. The tea itself is a China black, I think, and quite smooth. Don’t oversteep, because this one might get bitter. I use water just off the boil because I’m afraid of scalding the fruit.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I feared this one would be bitter, but it’s smooth and sweet — yet light, not a sticky dessert infusion. The coffee mellows against the white chocolate and almonds, and the mate doesn’t get all sharp. It feels gentle in the mouth, but after you’ve drunk it, feel da power! Good for multiple infusions. Even better sipped from gourd and bombilla.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

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