Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

76

Missy decided we were going to have a darjeeling face off today. We have a little bit left of this, the TD60 blend, and the Golden Moon darjeeling.

This one is a single estate, second flush darjeeling. It’s a darker colored liquor. It’s kind of funny. We used to drink all of our teas in our big super mugs (~18 oz), but we just picked up a handful of clear glass mugs because Missy wanted to see the teas she brewed. So now that I can more appropriately ‘see’ the color of the teas, I feel like it isn’t fair of me to NOT describe the color of the tea. Maybe this makes no sense, but if you’re following me, you’re probably used to me not making sense!

The flavor on this one is VERY fruity. I know that darjeeling teas have the ‘muscatel’ flavor that is so coveted, and I think this one is definitely a good example of that. I don’t really like the name of that though, sounds way too poshy. It’s grape, people! GRAAAAAPE. Muscatel just confused people, and, well, makes your tea sound stinky.

Anyway, this one is kind of grape first, ask tea questions later. This isn’t inherently bad, and to be honest the fact that the flavor was a little more HI I WEAR PURPLE made me think it was better than the TD60 blend. More flavor = more betterer, right? Well, no. As I finished this cup (i.e. kept drinking it straight instead of flitting between three different cups of tea), the flavor really started to get… well, annoying. Basically, it was a lot better in moderation.

Nod goes to TD60.

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

Good discription! Did it kind of turn into Ripple!?

Azzrian

Well it sounds great to me :)

LiberTEAS

When I think of grape, I think of either grape-flavored icky stuff like grape soda or grape ice pops or grape candy, or I think of the sweet fruit that one might eat … not the grapes with which one might make wine. And muscatel does not taste like sickly sweet grape soda, or even like the fruit that I occasionally eat, it tastes quite different, which is why I distinguish one from another.

Bonnie

Here here LiberTEAS is right!

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, and that’s one of those things that might just be due to experience. I can count the number of wines I’ve drank in my life without taking my socks off, so my mind doesn’t really have a flavor association there. So to me, it just tastes like an earthier, sour, grape.

Cheryl

Not a wine lover here either. But grape jam is yummy, but of course it usually has sugar added. Different than grape soda or candy etc though.

LiberTEAS

Generally speaking, I don’t like grape flavored things, I don’t even care much for grape jam or grape jelly unless it is the grape jelly that my gramma used to make from the grape vines she had in her backyard. It is likely that it will not be that grape jelly, since she no longer is making grape jelly and those vines have long since been pulled up. (Does that make me a grape jelly snob?)

Anyway, I don’t drink a lot of wine either. I used to, but, since I started drinking tea regularly, I don’t drink much of anything else. Even when I did drink wine more often, I was never what one would consider a wine expert. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

I guess the point I was trying to make above is that there is a difference in flavor between what I taste as muscatel and what I taste when I taste grapes or grape flavored foods and/or candy. So, that is why I distinguish it with the word Muscatel … not to make my tea sound stinky or confusing. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Comments

Bonnie

Good discription! Did it kind of turn into Ripple!?

Azzrian

Well it sounds great to me :)

LiberTEAS

When I think of grape, I think of either grape-flavored icky stuff like grape soda or grape ice pops or grape candy, or I think of the sweet fruit that one might eat … not the grapes with which one might make wine. And muscatel does not taste like sickly sweet grape soda, or even like the fruit that I occasionally eat, it tastes quite different, which is why I distinguish one from another.

Bonnie

Here here LiberTEAS is right!

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, and that’s one of those things that might just be due to experience. I can count the number of wines I’ve drank in my life without taking my socks off, so my mind doesn’t really have a flavor association there. So to me, it just tastes like an earthier, sour, grape.

Cheryl

Not a wine lover here either. But grape jam is yummy, but of course it usually has sugar added. Different than grape soda or candy etc though.

LiberTEAS

Generally speaking, I don’t like grape flavored things, I don’t even care much for grape jam or grape jelly unless it is the grape jelly that my gramma used to make from the grape vines she had in her backyard. It is likely that it will not be that grape jelly, since she no longer is making grape jelly and those vines have long since been pulled up. (Does that make me a grape jelly snob?)

Anyway, I don’t drink a lot of wine either. I used to, but, since I started drinking tea regularly, I don’t drink much of anything else. Even when I did drink wine more often, I was never what one would consider a wine expert. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

I guess the point I was trying to make above is that there is a difference in flavor between what I taste as muscatel and what I taste when I taste grapes or grape flavored foods and/or candy. So, that is why I distinguish it with the word Muscatel … not to make my tea sound stinky or confusing. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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.

Location

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Following These People