Pale in the cup, rich and fruity scent. There are definite muscatel notes here. I can tell this is a really lovely Darjeeling, but as so often happens with Darjeelings, it made my tummy really MAD. A lot of Assams do that as well. Sigh.

Stephanie

Weird! I wonder why they do that and not other teas.

ashmanra

I have assumed it has to do with poly phenol levels and the terroir in India, perhaps coupled with a difference in camellia sinensis assamica as opposed to camellia sinensis sinensis varietals. Processing may play a part, because Ceylon greens don’t bother me, and I like low grown Ceylons fine and they don’t seem to bother me, either. If a tea is very astringent it will also bother my stomach.

K S

Ashmanra are you wearing a lab coat right now because that sounded really scientific. :) Assams are the biggest offenders for me. Yunnans seem to be the least tormenting of the black teas. Fortunately I love them best anyway. I have never read an explanation before and your’s seems quite logical.

ashmanra

My tummy loves puerh! It makes the angry go away.

K S

Poo makes my tummy rumble in a good way!

ashmanra

That’s how my hubby asks for shu puerh. “Make the stuff that makes me rumble!”

gmathis

Don’t you just love plantation names? (Poor owners must cringe listening to me mangle them.) I am currently pronouncing Ba-dam-TAM like a bad comedy rimshot.

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Stephanie

Weird! I wonder why they do that and not other teas.

ashmanra

I have assumed it has to do with poly phenol levels and the terroir in India, perhaps coupled with a difference in camellia sinensis assamica as opposed to camellia sinensis sinensis varietals. Processing may play a part, because Ceylon greens don’t bother me, and I like low grown Ceylons fine and they don’t seem to bother me, either. If a tea is very astringent it will also bother my stomach.

K S

Ashmanra are you wearing a lab coat right now because that sounded really scientific. :) Assams are the biggest offenders for me. Yunnans seem to be the least tormenting of the black teas. Fortunately I love them best anyway. I have never read an explanation before and your’s seems quite logical.

ashmanra

My tummy loves puerh! It makes the angry go away.

K S

Poo makes my tummy rumble in a good way!

ashmanra

That’s how my hubby asks for shu puerh. “Make the stuff that makes me rumble!”

gmathis

Don’t you just love plantation names? (Poor owners must cringe listening to me mangle them.) I am currently pronouncing Ba-dam-TAM like a bad comedy rimshot.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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