Second Flush Darjeeling

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Black Tea
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Honey, Smooth, Tea, Wood, Cream
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 250 ml

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Second nature

Darjeeling is known as the “champagne” of teas: if it doesn’t come from India’s Darjeeling region, you aren’t allowed to use the name. That might be why the best Darjeelings taste just like the mountains they were grown on. While the first leaves in the spring tend to be delicate and almost green in flavour, second flush Darjeelings generally have a richer, darker taste. This one is bright, woodsy and earthy, with notes of honey, fresh mushrooms and meadow flowers – like a forest getaway in a cup.

Ingredients: Second flush Darjeeling tea (grade FTGFOP 1) from Darjeeling, India.

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Yesterday in a meeting, I sat beside a man who told me that he drinks mostly Darjeeling tea. He told me that the amount of tea that the region actually produces is so small that all the tea that is labeled Darjeeling couldn’t possibly be. Kind of like the tea world’s version of the common virgin olive oil frauds. I realized that I don’t remember having had a cup of anything even purporting to be Darjeeling, so I went down to David’s for a cup today. I liked it. Authentic or not, I found it to be a very drinkable every day tea.

Flavors: Honey, Smooth, Tea

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3 tasting notes

This tea is wonderful; one of my favorite black teas for sure. I’m on my third tin.

There’s no bitterness and just a slight mild astringency.
There’s a touch of sweetness and a hint of malty flavor.
My first two tins were more sweet and my current tin is a bit maltier.

It find it very clean and light tasting for a black tea. I’d describe the taste as woodsy but not very earthy though the wet leaves certainly have an earthy mushroom aroma that I can’t seem to taste in the liquor. The finish is very slightly malty and sweet with definite notes of honey.

It’s too delicate and fresh for me to appreciate it as an early morning, breakfast, or desert tea, but as a late morning to mid-afternoon tea it’s great.

It’s not overly expensive so I feel the value is reasonably good.

Flavors: Honey, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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237 tasting notes

This tea’s aroma reminds me of a forest in the fall, when it is raining: wood, dry leaves, earth. It is indeed very earthy, and it would be very good if the astringency wasn’t so strong. It leaves an aftertaste that isn’t good. Not the best really, but a nice change. I must try a better quality darjeeling. I always see people talking smack about darjeeling, but I think I would probably actually quite like it if I had a better one.


I wrote dry leaves, and I know that leaves are not dry when it rains. Y’all know what I mean! Lol


Im sorry it didnt work out for you. Darj could be very finicky. They like lower temps and less steep time.


Oh, nothing beats a fresh spring Darjeeling! Nothing wrong with DT, but not the best place to buy it from. Tealux is in Mtl and has amazing Darjeeling at very decent price:


Will try that!! I steeped for 4 mins with 95 degree water without really looking at the recommendations on the package (silly me _) Thank you for the tip! :D


Oh do you have any other recommendations from tealux? I’ve been wanting to order from them, but have no real reviews or word of mouth comments to make decisions.


I would also recommend Upton, but don’t know if they ship to Canada. Samples paradise


Veronica, I have tons of recommendations, but mostly for straight tea, I don’t like their flavoured tea that much. I will PM you later with some of my favourites :-)


(I meant Virginia, oops sorry! )


Looking forward to it! I meant straight teas :) And do not worry about calling me Veronica. My boyfriend of 5 years actually introduced me to his ENTIRE family as Veronica. So mortifying lol

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214 tasting notes

This is the first darjeeling tea I can recall having had in loose leaf, and was a sample pack I’ve had for awhile but hadn’t got around to trying.

Brewed leaf aroma is beautiful, and so fragrant of raisins and stewed apricots in honey. The actual tea in the cup aroma is much lighter, and more floral and earthy. Taste is floral honey, and a bit creamy and earthy/woody. Fresh, light and tasty, but quite different from the teas I usually drink, which tend to be bolder I guess.

A lovely light cup of tea which I enjoyed drinking. I wouldn’t keep this in my cupboard as there are other teas I enjoy more, but wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

my first darjeeling. first thought was a bit bitter, but loved the full body. tasted slightly creamy – maybe that’s the honey coming through. wish i’d taken the time to sniff out the notes, but it was the first cup of the morning and i was ready for some warmth, so i quickly added sweetener and half half. this transformed it into a lovely comforting cup. little bit of peppery heat at the end. definitely something i would love to keep stocked, and could see it being a longtime fave. came as a sample with my david’s tea order.

Flavors: Cream, Honey, Wood

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72 tasting notes

Very strong flavour, but delicious with milk and sugar. I would add more sugar next time, I think!

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114 tasting notes

This is a very easy to drink black tea. It’s not too bitter and it has a lot of flavour. I’m curious to compare it to first flush darjeeling.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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8 tasting notes

Woody, a bit astringent/bitter, a grassy aftertaste.
To me this would be pretty good with a bit of milk. I’ve enjoyed other blacks from David’s more.

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104 tasting notes

I’m not going to lie, it’s difficult for me to drink straight black teas without milk and a sweetener (usually sugar or agave). So I’ll make my review sort of a dual between what I tasted without my own additives and with. To note – I am partial to straight teas. I received this tea as a sampler. I brewed this tea in two different sittings – one at boiling and one at just under boiling.

Without milk and sugar – Very floral tea with earthy tones. My cup was brown with a very prominent red tinge. The tea itself was quite flat, I found little complexity aside from a floral finish.

With milk and sugar – This tea reminded me of something I had tried when I was a kid, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Overall, I still felt it was flat, like it needed something to brighten up the cup.

This darjeeling is solid with or without milk and sugar. It may not be the best, but it’s far from the worst. Worth a try!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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22 tasting notes

new tea for me and its a definite winner

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