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Now here’s a darjeeling which I would easily identify as a darjeeling in a blind line-up! This second flush tea from Okayti (by way of Golden Tips) looks, smells, and brews up just like the darjeelings familiar to me. The leaves are of variegated shapes and colors, but on the whole they are veering dark matte chocolate brown and look like a lighter black tea.

The liquor is amber, pure and simple. A perfect example of the color of amber. Not red, not orange, not green, but amber. The taste is slightly astringent and grassy but with real depth and complexity as well.

I drank the first half of this batch while eating fresh raspberries sprinkled with sugar then frozen before drizzling half & half on top. This skewed my tasting a bit, since the berries were very tart and my tongue had to readjust to process the flavor of the tea.

By the second glass (when the raspberries were all gone), I recognized the smooth yumminess of this darjeeling. It may be that, at heart, I’m a second-flush kind of gal. Only time will tell, but by the end of this year I should know for sure!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

I do love SF. Did you resteep it or made fresh 2nd cup? I almost never resteep Darj, I’m happy if it’s good 1st time.

christeana1

Sherapop…not sure if you knew and are uninterested…there are a few of us having a boston meet up. Just figured I would throw it out there. If you are interested you can pm me…and I will give the details…Have a great night anyway :)

sherapop

boychik: I had a glass pot which was the equivalent of two glasses. I have only tried re-steeping darjeeling once—per the Steepster sample instructions. What a joke: it tasted like dishwater. Well, how I imagine dishwater tastes. ;-0

sherapop

Thanks, christeana1! I saw a posting a while back, but haven’t noticed it lately. I’ll send you a pm.

sherapop

boychik: I should add that I use Bodum double-walled glasses, so usually the second glass is still hot enough to drink by the time I get to it. If not, I zap it a bit.

boychik

You know I love resteeping , but not Darj or Assam,or Ceylon. Just doesn’t work. But Chinese and Taiwanese are awesome even if it’s western, at least 2-3. My friend has double walled glasses. It was fun drink out of them. They look gorgeous and easy to hold.

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boychik

I do love SF. Did you resteep it or made fresh 2nd cup? I almost never resteep Darj, I’m happy if it’s good 1st time.

christeana1

Sherapop…not sure if you knew and are uninterested…there are a few of us having a boston meet up. Just figured I would throw it out there. If you are interested you can pm me…and I will give the details…Have a great night anyway :)

sherapop

boychik: I had a glass pot which was the equivalent of two glasses. I have only tried re-steeping darjeeling once—per the Steepster sample instructions. What a joke: it tasted like dishwater. Well, how I imagine dishwater tastes. ;-0

sherapop

Thanks, christeana1! I saw a posting a while back, but haven’t noticed it lately. I’ll send you a pm.

sherapop

boychik: I should add that I use Bodum double-walled glasses, so usually the second glass is still hot enough to drink by the time I get to it. If not, I zap it a bit.

boychik

You know I love resteeping , but not Darj or Assam,or Ceylon. Just doesn’t work. But Chinese and Taiwanese are awesome even if it’s western, at least 2-3. My friend has double walled glasses. It was fun drink out of them. They look gorgeous and easy to hold.

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A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

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From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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