Darjeeling #22

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Black Tea
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From Adagio Teas

Black tea from the Darjeeling region of India. Darjeeling tea is treasured for the rich golden liquor and unique muscatel flavor. This tea scores high on both counts. The ‘Darjeeling Rhapsody no. 22’ is a superb second-flush (summer) tea from the highly regarded Risheehat estate. An excellent introduction to this wonderful variety.

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50 Tasting Notes

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796 tasting notes

I’m getting back into my regular life a bit, and the clearest sign of that is that I’m doing more with tea again. My husband even treated me to a tea kettle I’ve been wishing for some time: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/tea_kettles/ptk-330bk.html

I also got the black tea samplers from Adagio. I’ve been wanting to for about a year, but was also avoiding caffeine for the entire time, so I’d been putting it off. Now, it’s time to get down to it!

So, I kicked it off with the Darjeeling. It’s a good cup. I think this one would probably appeal to people who aren’t tea drinkers but are interested in getting started. It’s an easy one to drink, doesn’t really need any sweetener or cream, and is just a solid cup of tea. Yay!

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403 tasting notes

Still not one of my favorites, but with a shorter steep and a little milk to soften it I’m beginning to see why people like Darjeelings.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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158 tasting notes

I’m not really sure how good this particular darjeeling is as compares to other darjeelings, but it was basically exactly what I wanted right now, and it’s really hitting the spot.

So much of the nose of this tea reminds me of the Royal Garland I have from Samovar, despite the fact that I’ve been brewing the latter at 175. I probably would’ve made more mention of that in my Royal Garland note had I more experience with plain darjeeling tea, but there you go…always learning. They both seem to have the same ‘high’ notes, and the differences are largely in the foundation on which those notes rest; in Garland they’re obviously the buttery floral roundness of oolong; here in this cup, they’re less complex, black tea touched by a very subtle reminder of raisins, as with many black teas.

I fully expect that the sweet muscat-y fruity tang that’s foremost when very hot will mellow down to something less tangy and more bready as the cup cools, in just the same way as it did with the garland, but I actually picked this out of the cabinet feeling like I wanted some of that tangy grapeskin taste, so it may not survive quite long enough for the tea’s edges to round themselves off.

There’s a thickness to the tea mid-tongue that reminds that this is assuredly a black tea, and which melts at the end of the sip to whole-mouth shining sweetness.

…man. Nothing like a nosebleed to ruin a good zen moment with a cup of well-chosen tea. Argh. Springtime? You can stop by anytime now, for serious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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110 tasting notes

Light amber, sweet smelling with all of the delicate flavor I expect from a good Darjeeling.

TeaEqualsBliss

Just purchased this one! Waiting for it to get here! :)

Cynthia Carter

Worth the wait!?

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336 tasting notes

I have a soft spot for Darjeeling tea. It’s smooth, delightful, very little astringency. It’s not overly dark or intense, just very enjoyable.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87
19 tasting notes

Second steep

Smells and tastes are the same as the first steep but less pronounced.

Still very tasty, but I’m not sure that the tea would last for a third steep. I’m going to try mixing it with the Ceylon Sonata sometime in the future, which should be good.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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75
31 tasting notes

It feels like it has been a while since I have had a black tea, so I went for this one. I seem to always enjoy this one when I make it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Wiseman Tea Co.

ah the champaign of teas

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87
104 tasting notes

Smooth taste with just a bit of bitterness. Great aroma, and overall a very enjoyable tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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116 tasting notes

With agave syrup and a touch of whole milk, this tastes a lot like Thai tea.

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77
4 tasting notes

Second steep, 5 mins. added honey. better. I think the first steep should be shorter, will try 2:30 next time. Honey is good

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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