Darling Darjeeling

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From La Petite Cuillère

From Amoda Tea’s Website – this tea was featured in their November Sampler box:

What’s in it
Darjeeling black tea, strawberry blossoms, cherry.

Where it’s from
Darjeeling, India. In the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, Darjeeling tea grows on slopes up to 60 – 70 degrees and at altitudes ranging from 1,800 – 6,300 feet! (perspective: the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Dubai, is 2,722 ft tall & Mt. Everest is 29,000 ft.) There is a unique and complex environment in Darjeeling – a combination of generous rainfall, clouds, mist, elevation, wind, terrain and soil that isn’t found anywhere else in the world.

How it tastes to us
Cherry flavoured teas can often conjure up bad thoughts of cough syrup, so finding this gem was a happy surprise. The base for this tea – Darjeeling black tea, is soft and round and has been matched perfectly with a sweet and subtle cherry flavour. Adding a touch of milk to this brings out an incredible strawberry cream flavour.

Why we chose it
We love supporting local, unique and experimental. La Petite Cuillère is certainly all three. The owner Huey keeps it fresh with new monthly blends of her own creation. When we saw this blend we were intrigued… you really don’t see flavoured Darjeelings very often. Where do you find it? On Huey’s experimental tea wall… obviously.

How we steep it
We use boiling water to steep this tea and watch the timer closely. We enjoyed it most at a 3 minute steep, but experiment with what tastes best for you. You can follow the guidelines above.

When we drink it
At work, mid-afternoon – puts us in our happy place.

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8 Tasting Notes

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SIPDOWN! (bringing me to 255 and still a few more hours of tea drinking left in the day…..i can do this! lol) I’m not sure i agree with the steeping instructions on this one. 3 mins leaves a pretty astringent brew. I’m thinking 2 mins might be a better spot…and this is for sure a milk kind of tea. oh well…it IS a pretty tea lol Mostly i just wanted to drink this since it’s another one of those darjeelings i have kicking around in my cupboard. Still not a win for me…


la petite cuillère…never heard about this brand
their website is cute


i received this in the amoda monthly box :)

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After the successful darjeeling experiment of a day or two ago, I was super curious to try out this tea that Sil let me have a sample of! I think this is flavoured, but hopefully I can still get some “darjeeling” from it.

The aroma is rather bagged black tea-esque… but the flavour is certainly not. It tastes like a black tea to me, with definite raisiny/possibly muscatel flavours. Actually… this is a bit reminiscent of the raisiny notes in Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam. They are lingering oh-so-deliciously… And… that’s pretty much all I’m getting from here. If there’s supposed to be flavouring, unless it’s raisin, I’m not picking up on it. I really don’t much care though, because this is pretty darn tasty as is. It’s just a bit astringent, which I’m not fond of, but it’s bearable.

From what I can kind of see under this tea note box, it looks like there are supposed to perhaps be strawberry flavours? I really can’t taste them, if so, unless that’s what’s coming off as raisin. (Ok, in my last sip I think I could finally taste what was probably strawberry.) It’s possible that being in a little sample baggie sucked some of the flavour out of this one, though.

I have another cup’s worth left (ugh, I thought it was going to be a sipdown), so will enjoy this again at a future date! Thanks again Sil!

ETA: Huh… cherry? Yeah no, not getting any cherry. I was probably imagining the strawberry, too.

ETA again: Bleh, second infusion is fairly tasteless and astringent. Oh well!

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cherry tea! mmmmm (imagined or not :P)

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Darjeeling is one of those teas that I don’t often find as a flavored and/or blended tea … so I was really excited to try this tea from Amoda’s Sampler Box!

This is really nice. The cherry flavor is soft, and not at all cough syrup-ish. It is a very well-rounded taste with a pleasant mouthfeel. The strawberry is quite faint and sort of melds with the cherry note to create a sweet, delicious fruit taste that is not quite cherry, not quite strawberry … but somewhere in between. The description on Amoda’s website suggests a drop of milk to bring out the strawberry so I might try that in a moment. As it is, though, I really like this the way it is.

A remarkably smooth Darjeeling, lightly astringent, oh… there it is. The strawberry. It arrives in the aftertaste … beautiful, delicious berry!

I am THRILLED that I got to try this. Thank you so much to Amoda for including it in this month’s box!


Mmm now I’m excited to try this one. May have to dig it out tomorrow


Oh! A fruity Darjeeling… that would make it Champaign and strawberry in the form of tea! Yum!


@TheTeaFairy I wish we had thought of that for our labels!! Champagne & strawberries :)

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This was nice. I don’t agree with Sil on the zen tea strawberry cream comparison but thats okay I just REALLY really love LOVE Zen Tea’s strawberry cream. But this is very nice.


I may have to try the Zen Tea one. Marco Polo was too fussy and could get mean, but I replaced it with Anna’s Blend from Tin Roof Teas which is similar. But one can always taste a new strawberry tea!


For me I got a bit more of the cherry than the strawberry but it is a nice cup.


Oh wait sorry – distracted multitasking and missed your entire point. Oh yes the Zen tea Strawberry Cream is WONDERFUL! To me it is a lot like Strawberry Zabaglione from 52 Teas and I dare say MAYBE better but I have yet to do a side by side to test that. I really want to get more as soon as I get paid! I only had a sample of it (about 3 cups) before. Been craving it ever since but each time I go to order it something more important needs paid.

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My very first Darjeeling. It just sounded so intimidating before, it still does. Mostly because I have not yet progressed where I should be having straight black tea. I thought this would be really dark (black) and really bitter. I confess I haven’t actually seen a tea so dark that it’s black but I thought if any tea were to be that, it would be Darjeeling.

To me this tastes like straight black tea. The info says there’s cherry and strawberry, am not getting that at all. It is unfair to this tea that I’m drinking it and botching up a tasting note but we all start somewhere.

The dry leaf is so pretty, there are tiny orangey pink flowers in there. No clue what they are. They look prickly instead of soft though, like it would hurt if you ate it. Liquor is brown, almost reddish brown. Like clay. So much for the imagined black. It is slightly astringent after 3 minutes and there is a slight bitterness that most would likely tolerate. I don’t. Hope this doesn’t mean I won’t be able to drink straight black teas. I think beer is bitter too and someone said the more I drank the more I got used to it. Nope. Still don’t like the darker ales, I go with light lagers usually.

I feel bad for this darling of a tea. Although I am thankful to Sil for sending some my way, maybe my introduction to Darjeeling should have been done with a more of a peasant tea. But who would want that honour? Yes, I’m a sh**ty Darjeeling, drink me!

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Hahahaha I have actually found that darjeeslings aren’t quite up my alley. I should send you a sample of the butiki ones I have….they’re nice though still won’t ever be my fav

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