I’ve had quite a long coffee and wine-filled break from Steepster, but I’ve finished off my sample of this in two pots this morning. Welcome back, tea.
“I’ve had quite a long coffee and wine-filled break from Steepster, but I’ve finished off my sample of this in two pots this morning. Welcome back, tea.” Read full tasting note
“Having this a year later, new batch of course. I must it was a bit more enjoyable this time so I have bumped my rating up from 67. Goes to show how important it is to try from different harvests.” Read full tasting note
“This is my second last cup of this Darjeeling before I’ve run out, and I’m going to miss it so much when it’s gone. It’s the last of my Good Darjeelings. I’ve got plenty of an Okay Darjeeling,...” Read full tasting note
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Black tea from the famous Darjeeling region of India. This summer harvest tea comes to us from one of our favorites, Puttabong Estate. These tea gardens are some of the highest in the world, at 6000 feet above sea level. At these high altitudes, the tea leaves grow more slowly and have more time to develop their unique Darjeeling flavor. This one has sweet, white grape or dessert wine fragrance, slightly earthy, and smooth, sweet-tangy flavor with a more gentle astringency than typical for these teas.
Darjeeling tea is often called the champagne of teas, and with good reason. Grown and cultivated primarily using “orthodox” methods—methods which require more hands-on work and attention than mechanical means, the primary focus is on quality over quantity, with specific attention being paid to everything from which parts of the tea plants are plucked when, how they are handled, sorting, and even the chemistry within the leaves themselves. Like wine, each year has a distinctive flavor, and in a final comparison, to bear the official “Darjeeling tea” name, the tea can only come from the Darjeeling region of India.
Steeping Instructions: Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.
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This is my second last cup of this Darjeeling before I’ve run out, and I’m going to miss it so much when it’s gone. It’s the last of my Good Darjeelings. I’ve got plenty of an Okay Darjeeling, which will have to do.
But this one. THIS ONE. Not my absolute, absolute favourite, but lovely. Light body, sweet, characteristic Darjeeling-ness and nice and woodsy-fruity. Holds up well to milk and sugar, in spite of its lightness. My favourite Darjeeling is a bit fuller than this one, but this’ll do very, very nicely.
I’ll miss you, Good Darjeeling.
Hm. I think I enjoy Darjeelings more when I think of them as oolongs rather than black, and in light of what I’ve read about them recently, that may not even be inaccurate! (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darjeeling_tea if you too are curious). Anyway – light body, amber color, spicy/fruity/muscatel(?) scent, and a really light floral taste. I think if I’d brewed this any longer it would have been unpalatably harsh; as it is, there’s just a hint of astringency.
This is quite nice, but unless it lasts more than two steeps I wouldn’t choose to buy it over a similar tasting oolong.
Before tasting this tea, from the Puttabong Estate, I was expecting the flavour to be totally different to the average Darjeeling, for two reasons. First, classic Darjeeling isn’t oxidized to the extent this black tea has been. Second, the most notable Darjeeling teas are harvested in the spring. I wasn’t surprised to find that a bulk of the flavour is more like a dark toasted oolong, with light Assam notes. Towards the finish is a quick fruitiness and very slight muscatel flavour, that is prominent in Darjeeling. Again, the whole first hit of notes are dark, but the end holds some light white grapes and peach notes.
Flavors: Fruity, Grapes, Muscatel, Peach, Stonefruit, Toasted