DarjeelingTeaXpress

Recent Tasting Notes

90

Right out of the bag, this tea gives an extremely interesting scent, very dense and very earthy, it is described as bitter-sweet chocolate, which isn’t far off.

The leaves are a dark and detailed green, long and twisted, staple black tea.

The interesting scents do not stop, as you steep the leaves you are given a less dense and more vegetal aroma.

The liquor is a very bright orange tint, with slight sweet floral scents.

For such a broad spectrum of sight and scent, I had no idea what to expect with the flavors.

The first sip gives an almost perfectly rounded dark taste, with the right amount of woody flavor and no aftertaste. Indeed, this is not what I was expecting, as the liquor just feels right at home in your mouth.

Although I am drinking this in the morning, I could see this dark tea as a perfect evening drink to enjoy with practically anyone who enjoys quality.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Another earthy tea, although true to the name this seems more flowery and the scent seems stronger, the leaves are beautifully and wholly twisted, like white tea.

This tea is definitely interesting, as there are quite a few floral tones, but deeper and fainter are detailed fruit flavors that give a sweet undertone.

I’m finding myself sipping more to try find other details to the flavors, indeed a very interesting tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

It does look alot like a white tea.

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90

I’m glad I chose an earthy tea this morning, full dark green leaves with a very strong and potent scent.

Steeped, it gives a more sweetly spicy scent, with a light amber tint.

First sip gives a great level of sweet and spice, just the right amount of bite to satisfy while maintaining a slight complex body.

I can see why this is named Himalayan Wonder, it is enticing in aroma while surprising in flavor, and a great tea to enjoy at any and all times.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This Darjeeling seems to sit somewhere in the middle of bright and dark, in sight scent and taste.

The leaves are light and full, dark greenish in color, and have a dark yet fresh scent, which follow as they are steeped.

The liquor is a deep amber color, not quite dark but not quite bright either, and has a slight woody scent.

But the taste is much more, a deep and bold and full flavor, sharp yet fresh.

The description compares this to my favorite Gopaldhara wonder tea, and indeed it has potential to come close, not quite as complex or exciting; despite, I very much enjoy this tea.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72

I’ve tried Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling before, but it is usually later on in the year.

This is a Darjeeling that gives no surprises, yet still does not disappoint.

It is straightforward, a nice balanced leaf with barely any scent while steeping.

The liquor is a nice slight kick to the usual flowery notes, the body is a little fluffy, but balanced nonetheless.

For a Darjeeling with no frills, this is pretty good at keeping any lows and dissatisfaction at bay, a great tea to enjoy when you have no attention for detail.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

This is the sample that DarjeelingTeaXpress had included in my order.

The leaves are a deep greenish to brown color with fresh minty scents.

Steeping gives the liquor a deep copper tone, with less fresh but equally minty and lightly floral scents.

The flavor is very rich and floral, dark and deep, with a slight hint of a fresh after-taste.

A good early to late afternoon tea, as strong and slightly fresh as it is.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

I have finally received my samples of first flushes from DarjeelingTeaXpress, I am quite excited.

After acquiring my favorite DarjeelingTeaXpress tea, Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, I started shopping, and the first tea that I wanted to try had caught my eye instantly.

It is one of their best selling teas, but that isn’t what caught my attention.

I had tried a vintage Darjeeling once before and loved every leaf, every drop, every steep, so I had to try this one.

There is a delicate feel to this tea, very warm and soft in both scent and presentation, a careful and exquisite leaf.

Steeping gives a deep blonde tone, with bouquets of sweet flowery scents.

But the real prize is the actual taste, buttery rich and full bodied with complex flowery flavors, followed with a sweetly fruity after-taste and hints of vanilla.

This tea is a beautiful way to start this morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I ordered a bunch of samples from them too and got them last week. very exciting!

ScottTeaMan

This is one of my favorite Estates. :))

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67

Very nice tea that goes well with all kinds of sweets.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

The aroma is a nice delicate fresh blend of subtle floral and plant with light fruits, quite interesting.

The flavors are very mild and slightly sweet. It is nice, but it doesn’t go beyond for exceptional, staying low key and subtle.

I would think it a great late afternoon Darjeeling, not too strong and not too mild, just before a green tea to close out the workday.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

So, DarjeelingTeaXpress had run out of their First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, which I completely love, and advised me to get this instead, as it is similar. I was quite skeptical, but because I wanted the wonder tea so much, I could make do with the supposed next best thing.

The leaves have a quite mild and sweet aroma, I would guess reminiscent of red wine, as they have described.

As the colors of the leaves suggest, the liquor is quite dark. And, as the aroma of the leaves suggest, there is a mildly sweet scent as you are steeping.

It surprises me, though, how this is not close to my beloved wonder tea, but still a very full and delicious tea in it’s own right. The black tea is quite rounded, accenting the very respectable tangy citrus flavors. For such a dark tea, it is also quite brisk and bright.

Despite not replacing their wonderful First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, this tea stands on it’s own as more than respectable and very much enjoyable.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Now this is orange pekoe. This tea is very much darker and stronger, with nice toasty and chocolatey accents.

The taste is also much darker and stronger, more earthy, yet still sweet. It has a nice pine after-taste that thankfully lingers long after the sip.

This is a reminder of how handsome a well rounded strong tea can be. I imagine this tea would be great with some honey, but is, of course, great on it’s own.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

I was expecting a more bitter tea, as most of my experiences with orange pekoe teabags are.

I was extremely pleasantly surprised by how sweet this tea is, considering how handsomely dark the liquor gets. The aromas of light almonds mixed with even lighter floral notes are very present and very much appreciated.

The sweet and strong dark flavors are nicely balanced. The strong flavors do not overpower but give the best amount of kick with a complimenting sweetness.

I am more than satisfied purchasing this sample, as I didn’t want my impressions of orange pekoe to fall upon inferior teabags.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68

This tea is more floral than anything, with a slight fruity scent and taste.

The black tea flavor can be quite rich and full as well, which compliments the floral flavors.

This seems like a perfect after dinner tea, as it is dark and deep and rich for an evening delight.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

The leaves are silky and delicate, with bright and smooth honey and floral scents.

The liquor seems brighter and smoother, and is much sweeter, with gradually intense floral notes.

This is a very sexy tea, both inside and out.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

Both steeps of tonight’s leaves give such consistent delicious brewed liquor, I could very well call this one of the most perfect teas I am enjoying.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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67

This is a really interesting tea.

The aroma is very fresh and earthly, with hints of floral and almond scents.

The taste is nicely sweet and mild and very smooth, not at all what I was expecting of a first flush Darjeeling.

I would share this tea with those that are unsure about most Darjeelings and their typical strong and complex flavors, as this is a simple mild tea with light complexity.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

This is a very sweet and relaxing tea, with strong almondy and vanilla aromas.

The taste is lightly bitter, with a stronger almond flavor coming through, followed eventually by the familiar earthy flavors.

This is a great simple tea for gradual appreciation, I can see myself using this in a blueberry tea mix.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95

This tea is a work of art.

The aroma is very floral and slightly fruitful with toasted undertones, very light and delightful.

The complexities of each sip just burst through the initial sweetness with explosions of unique bouquets of floral flavors.

There can be so much going on, but the tea is very balanced and relies on your full sensory enjoyment.

Because of such a beautifully complex and balanced tea, I can find myself surprised with each sip.

This is quite possibly my new favorite Darjeeling tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95

This tea, the leaves, the brew, taste and aroma, is so beautifully complex, rich and indeed luxurious, I could not possibly describe it after my first cup.

So, I will steep another cup and see where I go from there.

I do completely enjoy this wonderful tea, an epitome of how Darjeeling is the champagne of teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

These are indeed nicely scented and very attractive leaves, long and slender and sweet.

The brew is very thick and earthy, with a deep golden color.

But the taste is more nutty than earthy, in fact very nutty, which I really like.

A great Darjeeling tea to accompany an afternoon Vancouver Canucks matinee game.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I may have returned to the office a bit too early.

I really needed this tea at the end of this day.

Still very light, smoky and smooth, this green tea returned at least a bit of energy I had this morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

With a beautifully deep clear golden honey color, this tea is a very floral bouquet of earthy flavors, rich and thick with a delicate bitterness.

The aroma is a light and complex freshness that seems to linger long after your first sip.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94

Now this is Darjeeling tea, with the nutty wooden flavor and a slight floral taste.

Very rich in color, flavor and aroma.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67

This is a very floral oolong tea.

I typically prefer the more earthy wooden oolongs, but this is nice and fresh.

Indeed, the description also describes a smooth flavor, with a smokey hint in both taste and aroma.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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