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drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
260 tasting notes

GM Sampler | Tea 6 of 31

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This tasted like darjeeling, which means that it was bitter for me. Whenever I get a black tea that has this high, sharp, bitter taste to it with a fruity fwip of flavor afterwards, my brain goes to darjeeling now. A former round with a sample of SerendipiTea’s Darjeeling Autumnal from Auggy taught me that if I hit the right parameters [although it could have partially been the tea itself] darjeeling doesn’t have to equal BITTER, but this one had it. It wasn’t as loud as I tend to get with Darjeelings, but it was there.

As it cools, as I’ve come to expect, the bitterness falls back and the sweetness comes forward. Then that grape taste that I’ve come to identify as the muscatel is much more apparent in the tea; not just on my breath or in the aftertaste. I probably would have been tempted to wait and drink the whole thing cooled, but IT IS COLD HERE, Y’ALL.

So the moral of the story is that this was decent, but I won’t be ordering it. I probably should have steeped it shorter to compensate for my apparent sensitivity to bitterness in tea, but I used the packet up and reading the other reviews doesn’t make me think I missed out on anything phenomenal. There’s really not much else to say, as it was relatively straightforward.

[Sorry, I couldn’t resist doing it one time. Here’s the actual Darjeeling picture: http://bit.ly/bIf03p .]

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

lovin’ the pics! And reviews of course…stay warm – and safe!

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

I also notice from some black tea nd darker oolong that when they cools down, the flavor is very different from when they were hot. Sometimes there is more interesting taste when it’s cold. I am still wondering why it is so!

takgoti

@TeaEqualsBliss Thank you! I’m wearing socks to bed!

@Gingko I have no idea if this is true, but I think that for me sometimes when a tea is hot it blocks my tongue from being able to sense flavors. It’s like the heat is metaphorically blinding it to some things, almost. Sometimes the flavors that open up to me when a tea cools aren’t pleasant, though!

Miss Sweet

Love love love the photos!

Heyes

Today i was tasting (am tasting) Darjeelings for the first time with careful tongue, and I just finish saying to my wife what you described – letting the tea sit after brewing brought forward a sweetness.

I love your photos, but seriously… Rick Rolling? There will be vengeance!

http://tiny.cc/Itsover900

takgoti

@Miss Sweet Thank you!

@Heyes Hehehe, if I didn’t do it at least once I’d be a bad geek. I totally thought you were going to reference this http://steepster.com/sophistre/posts/21199#comments and then I clicked.

I LOVE ELMO!!! http://bit.ly/ayOu4S

sophistre

LOL! I thought he was too…

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TeaEqualsBliss

lovin’ the pics! And reviews of course…stay warm – and safe!

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

I also notice from some black tea nd darker oolong that when they cools down, the flavor is very different from when they were hot. Sometimes there is more interesting taste when it’s cold. I am still wondering why it is so!

takgoti

@TeaEqualsBliss Thank you! I’m wearing socks to bed!

@Gingko I have no idea if this is true, but I think that for me sometimes when a tea is hot it blocks my tongue from being able to sense flavors. It’s like the heat is metaphorically blinding it to some things, almost. Sometimes the flavors that open up to me when a tea cools aren’t pleasant, though!

Miss Sweet

Love love love the photos!

Heyes

Today i was tasting (am tasting) Darjeelings for the first time with careful tongue, and I just finish saying to my wife what you described – letting the tea sit after brewing brought forward a sweetness.

I love your photos, but seriously… Rick Rolling? There will be vengeance!

http://tiny.cc/Itsover900

takgoti

@Miss Sweet Thank you!

@Heyes Hehehe, if I didn’t do it at least once I’d be a bad geek. I totally thought you were going to reference this http://steepster.com/sophistre/posts/21199#comments and then I clicked.

I LOVE ELMO!!! http://bit.ly/ayOu4S

sophistre

LOL! I thought he was too…

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