David's Darjeeling

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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Rich and complex, our Darjeeling is specially selected from the season’s best estate offerings, then carefully blended to ensure the perfect balance of flavours. Its aromatic woodsy leaves steep into a clear, golden and satisfyingly astringent liquor, while unique and refreshing mountain air notes mingle with the classic Darjeeling muscatel flavour. Truly the champagne of teas.

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80 tasting notes

I was a huge white Darjeeling fan already, but from time to time I get black Darjeeling samples and enjoy them just the same. There’s something about that woodsy warmth, that sweet aftertaste, that I enjoy so much and that makes Darjeelings great ’’celebration’’ teas.

This one is no exception. It is gorgeous, David. Nice muscat flavor developping. I might stock.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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512 tasting notes

1.5 tsp for 250mL water @ 95C. Steeped 4 minutes. Drunk bare.

A bit dark for a Darjeeling, which tells me there’s likely second and even third flush leaves in this blend. Earthy, though not pu-ehr earthy. Not as much muscatel as I like. Threatens bitterness at a 4-minute steep. Not my favourite Darjeeling. I’d take Stash’s Darjeeling Summer over this one.

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

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Another sample from Mercuryhime’s collection – thanks so much! This has an airy yet crusty aroma that I really love! The flavor is wonderful! It’s not as stingy-astringent as some darjeelings can be…it’s sweeter and creamier…I LOVE that!!! It’s not bitter and the end-sip/aftertaste is mesmerizing!

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48 tasting notes

Backlogging this from .. well the last 3 days. I’m getting addicted to this tea! I received it as a sample and used it all in 3 days. It’s delicious, especially when I don’t want a sweet or flavored tea and I was abble to get 3 steep each time I drank it!

And I don’t know why but it reminded me of spinach pasta… In a good way ;)! The ’’sweetness’’ of the pasta and the bitterness of the spinach.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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658 tasting notes

A sample of this came in my recent order, and I gave it a spin this morning. Not bad, but didn’t leave a particularly big impression (however, I ate some kimchi before drinking this and my taste buds were likely overwhelmed). It was nice and refreshing but also a little more peppery than I was wanting. I went on a bit of a Darjeeling streak a couple months ago and perhaps either over-did it or became accustomed to the greener first flush varieties I was drinking.

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The dry leaves smell pleasant, and a bit enchanting. I’m inexperienced with Darjeeling teas so I can’t comment on quality. Looking inside the bag, the tea is a variety of colors: dark gray, dark red/brown, and yellow/silver.

I’ve heard that this variety of tea is very astringent and it didn’t disappoint. Not something I’d want to end my day on, but enjoyable on this morning. I steeped this twice, first at 4 minutes and then 6 minutes. The second cup was still flavorful and had a crispness to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
YellowBoxFish

If you have any of this left, i highly recommend you try less than boiling ~80deg Celsius, and shorter steep (3 minutes top). As in Darjeeling region, water boils at lower temperature. It gives you a beauuutiful grapey sweet taste, truly mindblowing in my opinion.

Dorothy

Oooh, thanks for the advice. I’ll have to try that when I get more Darjeeling tea. :)

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145 tasting notes

Morning tea! I find this one naturally pretty sweet, with a musty sort of background. It’s not the brightest black tea, but it’s pleasant. A nice start to the day. I did a second steep for 5 minutes and it was good too.

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

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i’ve been watching too much bbc so i was craving a nice big cup of straight black tea and some biscuits!
rifling through my stash i found a sample of this jem. mmmm, so perfect right now. i can barely describe it, just a nice, solid, warming cup of tea.
delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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There aren’t a lot of Darjeeling teas that can disappoint, as it is most commonly heralded as the champagne of teas. This tea does not disappoint as well.

It is a blend of “the season’s best estate offerings”, which gives it a truly complex and distinct flavor. It is lightly creamy and a slight tinge of sweet, with no bitter taste in sight. It is also extremely refreshing with so much air to breath around it’s woodsy aroma.

Oh, the aroma! Such a perfect reflection of color and taste, you feel you are on mountaintops breathing fresh clean breezes through dense forests.

This is one of the reasons Darjeeling teas are my favorite among teas.

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

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Not a fan of this tea. Black tea is my least favorite, although there are some that I find very tasty. This was not one of them.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Mélissa

That’s very sad, as (black)Darjeelings are supposed to be ’’celebration’’ teas. Not this one I guess.

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