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One of the great things about Steepster is that it helps me keep track of my tea and encourages me to drink up those teas that I have been hoarding for years. It’s not good for the tea (with a few exceptions), and it’s not good for life. The sooner I finish this tea, the sooner I can order new stuff, right? :-D

So this was one of the first single-estate Darjeeling teas I ever tried and it was one of those teas that changed the future of tea for me. Before trying this (and comparing it with the Darjeeling 2007 FF from the Tumsong estate), I thought the only thing that changed how teas taste was what kinds of things you added to the leaves. While I am not a Darjeeling connoisseur by any means, this tea opened up a door for me into a whole new world of teas.

Okay, with all that said, this tea is but a shadow of what it used to be. The brew comes out with a tinge of astringency and and inconsistent flavor that doesn’t stick around long. I remember this tea having a fuller, rounder flavor that you just want to savor (and it actually lingers on the taste-buds for a while so you can!) and no astringency.

I guess this is a cautionary tale with a lesson to be learned: Promise me, my fellow Steeps, don’t hoard tea… Drink it and enjoy it while it’s good!

The rating I’ve provided is from when the tea was fresh (stellar!).

Stephanie

Thanks for the warning! With my newfound appreciation for tea, I’ve been on a tea buying frenzy—wanting to try more and more teas! I have to make sure I finish what I have (and fast) before getting more.

gmathis

Cautionary tale duly noted … tea does tend to fade away, but I think it depends some on storage and the original strength/flavor. Then again, I wear clothing that’s older than my teenager - evidently, freshness in ANYTHING isn’t an issue with me :o)

__Morgana__

Agreed. At some point I will have to put the breaks on, as I did with shoes. I’ve now determined that I have enough shoes to last me until I’m dead, even if I live to be 100. Style? Bah, keep em long enough and everything comes back. I have my platforms from high school and they look just like the ones people were wearing last year. ;-)

SoccerMom

Agreed. That’s why I share all my teas with my fellow steeps so that they don’t get old and I can continue to order more!

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Stephanie

Thanks for the warning! With my newfound appreciation for tea, I’ve been on a tea buying frenzy—wanting to try more and more teas! I have to make sure I finish what I have (and fast) before getting more.

gmathis

Cautionary tale duly noted … tea does tend to fade away, but I think it depends some on storage and the original strength/flavor. Then again, I wear clothing that’s older than my teenager - evidently, freshness in ANYTHING isn’t an issue with me :o)

__Morgana__

Agreed. At some point I will have to put the breaks on, as I did with shoes. I’ve now determined that I have enough shoes to last me until I’m dead, even if I live to be 100. Style? Bah, keep em long enough and everything comes back. I have my platforms from high school and they look just like the ones people were wearing last year. ;-)

SoccerMom

Agreed. That’s why I share all my teas with my fellow steeps so that they don’t get old and I can continue to order more!

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So I’ve neglected Steepster for some time now! I feel like I need to make up for that somehow…

A tea enthusiast since 1999, I enjoy the experience of sitting and drinking tea.
As a life-long student of tea, I learn something new every day about the vast world that is Tea.

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