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Missy decided we were going to have a darjeeling face off today. We have a little bit left of the ones we bought from Upton, and the one from Golden Moon.

I evidently never reviewed this one before, silly me. Golden Moon refers to this as an ‘Autumnul’ darjeeling from the Makaibari estate. As far as I can tell, Autumnul is a third flush, which is kind of amusing to me for whatever crazy reason. Of the three darjeelings today, this one was the darkest, looks more like standard black tea.

The flavor of this tea is good. If you really like that grape flavor of darjeelings, but don’t want it to overpower (I’m looking at you, TD28!), then this is probably the tea for you. The fruity flavor is prominent, but is a little bit earthier, and co-exists with the tea flavors quite well. It still tastes like I’m drinking a black tea, which makes me happy!

There’s also a sweetness to this tea, actually to most Golden Moon teas that I’ve tried seem inexplicably sweet. Supposedly this is a straight darjeeling, but it wouldn’t surprise me if part of their blending process involved sweetening their teas. Or, as an alternative, they only source teas that are naturally a bit sweeter than others. It’s totally possible (and probably an excellent business strategy, really, since you’re catering to all of us pre-diabetic americans).

Of the eight teas I’ve tried from GM, this is easily the best. It is definitely a solid tea that I would enjoy having around.

The TD60 from Upton gets the nod for darjeeling-I’ll-keep-in-stock. Though, they are distinctly different enough that both could fill out a well rounded tea cabinet. I just happen to want a lot of other teas from Upton kept around, so including the TD60 seems the easier route.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Have you guys tried any first flush darjeelings? I have been so smitten with them lately

Dylan Oxford

I don’t believe we have. The TD60 from Upton is a blend of First/Second flushes… but I don’t know to what extent.

ScottTeaMan

You don’t know what you are missing!! :))

Marcus

For an apples to apples comparison you should try Golden Moon’s 2nd flush Darjeeling.

http://www.goldenmoontea.com/2nd-flush-darjeeling.html

This tea has a much more classic Darjeeling flavor.

Marcus

Also, Golden Moon never adds anything as far as sweeteners to our teas. We just happen to like teas that have a natural sweetness to them!

TeaBrat

I would definitely recommend you try some first flushes someday! =)

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TeaBrat

Have you guys tried any first flush darjeelings? I have been so smitten with them lately

Dylan Oxford

I don’t believe we have. The TD60 from Upton is a blend of First/Second flushes… but I don’t know to what extent.

ScottTeaMan

You don’t know what you are missing!! :))

Marcus

For an apples to apples comparison you should try Golden Moon’s 2nd flush Darjeeling.

http://www.goldenmoontea.com/2nd-flush-darjeeling.html

This tea has a much more classic Darjeeling flavor.

Marcus

Also, Golden Moon never adds anything as far as sweeteners to our teas. We just happen to like teas that have a natural sweetness to them!

TeaBrat

I would definitely recommend you try some first flushes someday! =)

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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