98

1.25 tsp for 300mL water @ 90C, steeped four minutes.

Tea Campaign Canada is the Canadian branch of Teekampagne in Germany. Teekampange sells only Darjeelings. They’e also invested in improving life for tea workers for decades now. The teas are organic and tested for “486 possible chemical residues.” Tea Campaign Canada works by mail-order, and the pricing for Darjeeling tea is very reasonable.

So, the First Flush 2014 Blend. Dry leaf shows some green and brown and a few twigs and gives some scent of Muscatel. Wet leaves are almost all green and bright. Liquor is light bronze. The flavour is closer to good Chinese green tea, true Dragonwell, that sort of sweetness, with an undercurrent of classic Darjeeling astringence and muscatel. I think this blend benefits from a lower water temp. I expect water at 100C, or even 98, might singe the leaves.

This is a gorgeous tea. I love Darjeelings. I usually prefer second flush, but this first flush is teaching me things. It also has a slight peppery bite, as you find in some Yunnans.

All of the Darjeeling sold by Tea Campaign is certified as Darjeeling by The Tea Board of India.

Flavors: Astringent, Black Pepper, Dry Grass, Green, Muscatel

Michelle Butler Hallett

For Canadians, with a link in the upper right corner for the US site: http://www.teacampaign.ca

Michelle Butler Hallett

I made a second cup of this with water at 95C. Yeah, don’t do that. The leaves scald and yield up bitterness and brine. 90C at most for this delicate leaf.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

For Canadians, with a link in the upper right corner for the US site: http://www.teacampaign.ca

Michelle Butler Hallett

I made a second cup of this with water at 95C. Yeah, don’t do that. The leaves scald and yield up bitterness and brine. 90C at most for this delicate leaf.

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