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Darjeeling Blend

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “A fresh light golden cup. Smells nutty and sweet. Tastes similar, with a hint of caramel. Has a "clean" quality to it (the very beginnings of astringency I'm sure) which is a pleasant change from...” Read full tasting note
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    Starfish 86 tasting notes
  • “I got this as one of my samples in a recent order and decided to brew it up. It came in a satchet and the poor little leaves barely had enough room to expand. Brews up a pale golden brown. Scent is...” Read full tasting note
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    BoxerMama 171 tasting notes
  • “This is an individually packaged tea bag I picked up on my mini-moon a couple weeks ago. We stayed at the most beautiful, quaint bed and breakfast in Newport, RI. It’s called the Cliffside Inn,...” Read full tasting note
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    CHAroma 500 tasting notes
  • “Best bagged (sacheted) Darjeeling I've tried. I see lots of "woody" in previous tasting notes, but not fruity, which I thought it was. Lip-chappingly dry, too. ” Read full tasting note
    gmathis 1626 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

High in the mountains, deep in the mists that surround the Himalayas is Darjeeling ~ “Queen of Teas”. Our Darjeeling tea is a blend of First Flush and Autumnal teas from the best gardens. This mixture yields a light color in the cup – a fragrant “nose”. A great value.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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86 tasting notes

A fresh light golden cup. Smells nutty and sweet. Tastes similar, with a hint of caramel. Has a “clean” quality to it (the very beginnings of astringency I’m sure) which is a pleasant change from the heavier Chinese blacks I’ve been having of late. I’m almost tempted to add in a couple drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice instead of trying milk or sugar… I wasn’t planning on splitting this cup, but curiosity has the better of me now.

with a couple drops of lemon juice; ABORT! ABORT! ABORT! WHY DID I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA??? Quick, add honey! More tolerable…but nope. Worth experimenting I suppose.

with sugar; Enhances the caramel note substantially.

with milk; Yum. Winner.

with milk and sugar; Also yum.

I would be happy having this plain, or with milk (and sugar if I feel like something sweet). Glad to have tried it, onto the shopping list it goes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Hallieod

Phew! This made for tense reading; so glad you survived okay. :)

Miss Starfish

Hahaha, it was a close call! ;)

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171 tasting notes

I got this as one of my samples in a recent order and decided to brew it up. It came in a satchet and the poor little leaves barely had enough room to expand. Brews up a pale golden brown. Scent is sweet and light, as is the taste. This is a good cup!
I’ve been up since 4am and if I keep drinking tea I wont be going back to bed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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500 tasting notes

This is an individually packaged tea bag I picked up on my mini-moon a couple weeks ago. We stayed at the most beautiful, quaint bed and breakfast in Newport, RI. It’s called the Cliffside Inn, and I highly highly recommend it! They had tea time on Wednesday afternoons, and what was offered? Harney and Sons!!! I grabbed a couple extra tea bags to try later, and later it is! ;)

This steeped up to a nice golden brown. The aroma is nutty and maybe a tad mineral? The flavor is muscatel and sweet, but the mouthfeel is very odd. It’s silky and yet extremely mouthwatering. As in, I have a sip, and then my mouth waters for several seconds as it processes the aftertaste. This results in a lot of swallowing for one little sip of tea. If I fight through that oddity, I can detect a roastiness in the flavor as well.

This is not bad! I can’t say I’m really enjoying this weird mouthwatering aspect. But the flavor itself is good. Maybe adding milk would help. I can’t tell if it’s just my taste buds acting funny this morning or if the tea is really eliciting this odd reaction. With additions, a natural yet subtle fruity sweetness appears. This is a very pleasant tea! And now my cup is empty. Aww. :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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1626 tasting notes

Best bagged (sacheted) Darjeeling I’ve tried. I see lots of “woody” in previous tasting notes, but not fruity, which I thought it was. Lip-chappingly dry, too.

ScottTeaMan

It’s been ages since I’ve had this tea. I ordered the 7 oz tin yrs. ago & loved it! I rememver it being crisp and fruity (moderately so). YES…I do remember a dryness to it. Thanks for reminding me. I know exactly what you mean! Had a pot at Special Teas Tea Room near us (now OOB)—sadly so. :( When I had it at the tea room the last cup was bitter, b/c they left the leaves in the pot, but it was fine, as the tea was really good with the food and scones.

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280 tasting notes

I’ve never had Darjeeling before, and I would have chosen a more premium variety (sample) if I could have (I wanted to sample first flush), but H&S didn’t have such samples available.
However, out of all the standard classic (black) teas I’ve tried, this is probably one of my favorite. It isn’t as bold or strong as the Keemun, EG, or other black tea blends that I’ve had, and for that reason I think I like it. It is more fruity?, lighter, smoother… more like green tea almost (though, it doesn’t really taste like it).

I detected almost a bit of spiciness (like pepper) in the cup for some reason too.
I’d really like to try a high quality Darjeeling now, but don’t really want to buy a whole lot. Maybe someday I’ll buy a sample from somewhere else…
Compared to the EG by H&S I had recently, I like this a lot more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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36 tasting notes

I’ve about finished my first tin of this tea. It’s a fine Darjeeling with all the qualities I love in a Darjeeling. I like it with a tea spoon of sugar to mellow out the woodiness. It’s brisk, but not too brisk that it would need milk. It has the light Darjeeling like floral notes that I associate with first flushes. As it turns out there is some first flush in the blend. I could drink this one on a regular basis.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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36 tasting notes

So, Day 2 with the Darjeeling Blend.

Once again, I was not a big fan of the first cup. Today I made sure to follow the steeping directions on the tin, but it still was a bit on the bitter side for me. I’m guessing I just have too much of the leaf for my little cup of water. We’ll try again tomorrow.

The second cup was better again, although I decided to experiment a bit with honey and think I overdid it. It’s not terrible, but a bit on the sweet side.

JacquelineM

The woman that owns my local tea shop told me that the Germans take their Darjeeling with a little sugar, and that is the way I like it too. I think it helps with that little bit of bitterness. Half a teaspoon usually does it for me. I also like to use 200 degree water (and not boiling). Hope you get this tea to the place where you enjoy it!!

Kell

Thank you so much for the advice! I will def. have to try that next time as I still haven’t managed to get it quite right yet.

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Day 2 of my Journey into Black Teas!

The infusion has a mild, nutty scent. This tea has a perfect level of astringency for that palate-cleaning sensation. It has a roasted, somewhat nutty and woody taste. Very much unlike the last Darjeeling I had. There is something unique and “clean”-seeming about the aftertaste; perhaps its slightly lemony.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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397 tasting notes

Oh my gosh YES SO GOOD.
It’s just your typical black tea.
I got it in the tea sachets and it’s good for about two steepings.

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8 tasting notes

Personally my first Darjeeling, and I have to say I enjoy it.

First steep:
Upon first sip it is nutty and slightly fruity. It doesn’t have as much body as Keemun, it is actually pretty light almost like a green tea, but it doesn’t quiet go into a vegetal taste. More fresh woody, as if it can be pushed a little bit into green but not quite.

Second steep:
I don’t really get that slight fruity tone anymore, and it takes a bit more woody.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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