TXD9: CO2 Premium Decaffeinated Darjeeling

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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From Upton Tea Imports

The top standard of decaffeinated Darjeeling tea available, and by far the best we have cupped. Please note that even the best decaffeinated teas lack some of the flavor and complexity of their unprocessed counterparts.

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i’m watching teen wolf. the entire season in one day basically. watching that much tv in one day is something akin to eating nothing but cake for a day. but i watched it in a half ass way at least, and fondled my teas the rest of the day. multitasking!


i should probably buy some more decaf blacks cuz this is a nice option. bye bye rooibos. whatevs.


I got an unopened adagio sample bag of decaf ceylon from TastyBrew that I can send your way. I don’t do decaf (tea or coffee).

Hesper June

Doesn’t it feel truly indulgent and naughty to do something like that once in awhile?
At least a couple times a year, Hubby and I will snuggle down and watch a tv series in day.
I think it goes back to our parents saying “No! you can’t watch tv all day”


sure i’ll take it Shelley! and if there is something in my cupboard you want more of don’t hesitate to ask!


Hesper yes. definitely indulgent and rebellious hah. (i just wish the show was better. i’m not gonna do season 2 no way)(i’ll find something else for next time)(probably Merlin)

Hesper June

Oh! We enjoy Merlin very much in this house:)


@Shmiracles You already know that Merlin is my current series of choice :) I just got my parents started watching it too. I’ll send that decaf Ceylon to you soon as I can. Don’t worry about swapping for it. But you better be ready when I am finally ready for more serious swapping in a few weeks ;)

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This tea has mostly black leaves, with some orange tips. They’ve grayed a bit and are generally “imperfect” looking but not “bad” per-se. They may be not the freshest or just be harmed by the decaffeination process. They have a vaguely floral scent that is not as pronounced as some higher-grade Darjeelings. They are fortunately free of any chemical scent.
They produce a medium red-gold shade liquor with similar scent to the leaves.

Astringency is nicely controlled, and the mouthfeel is very light.
The flavor is quite sweet, mildly floral, and with hints of maltiness and vegetal notes. There’s unfortunately a vaguely earthy-stale flavor in the background, but it’s minimal and not as pronounced as most decafs’. The flavor of this tea overall is slightly muted compared to a non-decaf Darjeeling, but not dramatically so.

A second steep was weaker and more vegetal than the first.
I was actually very pleasantly surprised by this. I’d almost given up on decaf teas and decided to stick with tisanes for decaf. But this tea actually has very decent quality leaves and a very drinkable (though not perfect!) flavor. This is a really decent tea – much better than most low-grade loose black teas, although not quite as good as a premium non-decaf Darjeeling. But I’d be genuinely happy to drink this whenever, and I will be ordering a bag of it soon.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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