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Chloe is grown at an altitude of over 5,000 feet on the organic Pussimbing Tea Estate. If you are used to popular green teas from China and Japan, you should add Darjeeling to your list of teas to try. The region offers a different twist to typical green teas, and Chloe is our favorite example. Light, smooth and refreshing, these gorgeous large leaves make a mellow liquor that is perfect for late afternoon sipping. Subtle hints of fruit and freshly cut grass give this tea a remarkable flavor. Remember: never use boiling water or milk with green tea as they will ruin the flavor. Let the water cool down a bit after it comes to a boil. Suitable for hot or iced tea.

Pussimbing Estate is Certified Bio-Organic.

Origin: Pussimbing Estate / Darjeeling, India

1 tsp. / 6oz cup
170 – 190° hot water
3 minute infusion

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1112 tasting notes

I cold brewed the leaves from yesterday for an iced green tea, but then I wasn’t in the mood for it. I decided to give it to my roses! I filled up the pitcher with even more water then poured the watery tea and leaves into the ground. Roses love tea and tea leaves – they are a good source of nitrogen for the soil.

I do this with leftover coffee too, sometimes straight from the coffee pot (but diluted!). Once the little boy next door stage whispered to his mom, “Look! She’s putting COFFEE in her FLOWERS!” when I was coffee-ing the mums.

Iced 8 min or more

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6770 tasting notes

Decided to steep for only 2 mins just for the hell of it. Oddly enough…this smells like pasts (minus the sauce) today…like “just done” Noodles! It’s not as grassy…it’s actually quite refreshing, mellow, and almost juicy. It’s still nutty tasting but it works!

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429 tasting notes

Chloe is a very light tea with a slightly grassy taste. It is very mellow with no bitterness at all. The smell is slightly nutty/grassy. The tea has an underlying sweetness on the tongue. I steeped this at 190 and intend to go a little cooler on the water next time. The tea is nice for sipping and relaxing in the evening. As this tea cools the flavors in it seem to come alive. I’m getting some type of fruit now, maybe apricot, hard to tell.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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2816 tasting notes

Thanks so much to Jillian for this one who answered my swap request for some more green darjeelings to try! I’m sorry abut the now defunct Simple Leaf because I never got to order anything from them but at least I get to try this one.

This reminds me a lot of a Chinese green tea and I don’t think there’s terribly much about it which would cause me to suspect it’s from darjeeling. It is nutty and slightly vegetal, very mild in flavor with some astringency in the finish. I think I am picking up a few delicate spicy notes – or is that just wishful thinking? In any case I was just sitting here reading JacquelineM ‘s note thinking I might try cold brewing some of this as well. I generally prefer my green teas to be slightly more flavorful but this wasn’t bad at all.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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1879 tasting notes

I’m reviewing this tea for Mike at It’s All About the Leaf (http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/). It’s a great website with some truly excellent reviews of teas and tea-related products, so you guys should go check it out if you get the chance. :)

The tea is fairly unremarkable in terms of appearance and scent – it doesn’t smell stale and the leaves are fairly whole so it seemed to have been handled well from that standpoint.

The flavour is fairly standard for a green tea. It’s on the lighter side of the spectrum and it has some vegetal hints, but I think I can also pick out the traditional Darjeeling muscatel flavours, these are much more muted from what they’d be in their black tea form. It also lacks a Darjeeling black tea’s astringency and I noticed a sweetness creep into the tea as it cooled.

The resteep is lighter and greener-tasting, without the faint muscatel notes. So nothing fantastic or special.

India has historically been known only for its black teas and it’s only relatively recently that they’ve diversified. The accumulated centuries of knowledge about growing green teas in China and Japan can’t be learned in a night but these guys have given it a good effort.

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224 tasting notes

The tea has a lovely apricot and nutty fragrance. The tea itself has a sharp taste that means that I oversteeped it I suspect. It’s been a crazy, unpleasant morning and my tea-brewing skills have clearly suffered. I will probably have to rebrew it and revisit. So I’ll wait to rate it until I do so.

Update: I rebrewed it with fresh leaves. It is no longer sharp. It has a taste I associate with Darjeeling, which is not a surprise since it comes from Darjeeling. I am beginning to realize that I don’t care for Darjeeling teas. This is quite sad since they are so well-regarded it makes me feel like some boorish lumpenproletariat destined to dislike this “champagne of teas”. Well, I’m sure I’ll get over it.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Boo for unpleasant mornings. I hope your day improves.

Peggie Bennett

Not every taste is for everyone. I can’t stand lobster. :-)


@takgoti Thanks for your good wishes. You know what they say, “Tomorrow is another day” and tomorrow starts with a run instead of a run of bad luck and clumsiness so it has to be better.

@Peggie Bennett So we can be unfashionable together. ;)

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92 tasting notes

This brewed up very light. The liquor smells like honey, rather than “fruit and freshly cut grass” to me. The tea tastes mild and like fruit and honey. This is definitely a sweet rather than savory green tea. I might have over steeped it (strong setting on the Zarafina), as it tasted a little astringent to me. Second steep of the same leaves was even more astringent/bitter, with no sweet fruit or honey taste. Overall, the first steep wasn’t bad, but it’s not something I would repurchase full-size. Next time I’ll try a shorter steep time.

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10 tasting notes

Just as the description says, light and smooth. Most notably, smooth.

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