Happy Valley Darjeeling (Organic)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea
Flavors
Roasted, Tannin, Dried Fruit, Grapes, Plums, Walnut, Astringent
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Perry Papadopoulos
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “This is uncomplicated but nice. It has what I think of as true black tea taste (not sure how else to describe it, it’s almost more a feeling in the back of my throat?) but I don’t find it overly...” Read full tasting note
    76
  • “Having been super busy with work over the past few weeks, continual plans to visit DAVIDsTEA to redeem my points for 100g worth of tea kept getting foiled, so of course, when I finally got there...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “I really, really like this one. However, I’ve liked most of the straight black teas that I’ve tried. This tea is far smoother than I expected as I was expecting a stronger astringency. The...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “I had a hot cup of this to go yesterday because my lovely tea guide offered me it for free – since I waited patiently while she went to storage to get the sachets of the mothers day teas they are...” Read full tasting note
    70

From DAVIDsTEA

Looking to steep some happiness into your daily cuppa? Try this beautiful second-flush darjeeling. It draws its unique aromas from the terroir of India’s Happy Valley – a tea garden at the foot of the Himalayas. From its fruity notes of ripe plum and apricot to its pleasant astringency, this black tea has all the wonderful characteristics of the classic darjeelings we love so much. And with its delicate floral finish, it’ll make just about any tea lover smile.

Ingredients: Organic: Black tea from Darjeeling, India.

Price: $14.98 per 50g

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7 Tasting Notes

76
141 tasting notes

This is uncomplicated but nice. It has what I think of as true black tea taste (not sure how else to describe it, it’s almost more a feeling in the back of my throat?) but I don’t find it overly astringent. It is somewhat tannic, but just enough to make it interesting – nothing overwhelming to me. I get some nice roasted notes from it, but nothing I’d consider fruity. It’s a nice solid anytime tea to me.

Flavors: Roasted, Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Having been super busy with work over the past few weeks, continual plans to visit DAVIDsTEA to redeem my points for 100g worth of tea kept getting foiled, so of course, when I finally got there today, it was too late as they expired on the 3rd. Damn. I kept thinking I had until the end of the calendar year.

But I was able to still redeem my free birthday cup of tea from last month. I chose this because I didn’t feel like dealing with their sugary sweet blends this time around. It was ok but expectedly astringent, so astringent that it covered up most of the plum notes I was picking up on. Nothing memorable, to be honest.

Evol Ving Ness

Wow! I think you should call their helpline and do some screaming.

Evol Ving Ness

Their prices are far too high to let your FS points expire.

Fjellrev

Yeah, it sucks because I was planning on stocking up on more Lemon Pound Cake since it’s pretty pricey but I did check the email they sent me in October and it did specify that they were going to expire on the 3rd. I thought they transferred over to the next period if you didn’t redeem them and only truly expired at the end of the year, though?

Fjellrev

I did submit an inquiry about it just now, just out of curiosity. I reviewed the program stipulations, but it just seems odd how points themselves roll over to the next period (and ultimately expire at the end of the year) yet the rewards themselves do not. Doesn’t really make since.

Fjellrev

Lollerskates, make sense, rather.

Evol Ving Ness

What? The points roll over to the next period, but then, all of it is gutted at year end to start again at zero?

Evol Ving Ness

Well, the end of the year is coming. In three weeks.

Evol Ving Ness

And they’ve now stipulated that if you have 100 points for one free bag, it can only be $19 or under, which eliminates the pure teas like Organic Ruby Oolong.

Fjellrev

Yeah, points reset to 0 at the end of the calendar year. It’s just odd how points roll over from period to period but not actual rewards though. So, a person can earn 99 points in the 1st period which could roll over from period to period, until near the end of the year, yet, once you earn that one extra point, which would then get converted to a 50g reward, you absolutely have to redeem it within two months, and if not, you lose that reward (essentially 100 points) entirely.

They claim though that at least, since the beginning of this year, they have introduced a new policy that any leftover points at the end of the year will be converted to free cups of tea unlike before, but whatever.

Evol Ving Ness

In other works, it is ****ery.

Evol Ving Ness

How many free cups of tea? How does that work?

Fjellrev

That about sums it up!

I have no idea. They’re very vague about it: “Effective February 24th, 2017, after we convert every 100-point increment into free tea rewards at the end of December, any leftover points will then be converted into free beverage rewards you can redeem in any DAVIDsTEA store. Your points balance will go back to zero and you’ll have 60 days to claim your rewards. So you can start sipping all over again!”

CrowKettle

There rewards system sounds so ridiculous and half-***ed- like they just wanted to have one on paper without actual big rewards being redeemed for long time (although maybe irregular) customers.

Evol Ving Ness

Exactly, when they rolled out this new FS version, they lost me as a client. I used to shop there quite regularly. Though I did take advantage of their 40% off deal the other day. Even with 40% off, I would have been better off spending my money elsewhere in terms of value for dollar. And my points from that purchase apparently will expire in three weeks or turn into a free cup of tea—woohooo!

Evol Ving Ness

The whole thing just pisses me off.

Evol Ving Ness

And I don’t drink tea to be irritated by it.

Fjellrev

Right? Half-assed rewards system for sure. I just dropped around $35 on teaware on the last day of their in-store 30% sale but do they really expect me to rush within the next twenty days to drop another $65 just to get 50g of free—yet otherwise overpriced—tea? No dice. Negative dice considering I lost 200 points for not making timely FS rewards redemption my #1 life priority.

Sil

Pretty much why they don’t even get me going in for 10g samples of their new teas….why risk loving something when it will be stupidly expensive and have stevia in it…not to mention that the times that’s ever happened are faaaaaaaaaaaaar and few between so they were getting my money to try mediocre teas.

Fjellrev

By 10g samples you mean resulting-likely-intentional-overpouring-and-doubling-the-amount-you-asked-for, right? And bonus points for getting added snark from the sales associate for asking for that much (or “little”).

At least there seems to be a correlation between price hikes and stevia usage?

CrowKettle

Yes! I stopped picking up small samples of new teas primarily because of the snark and resistance. I was going to buy +$50 worth of teas but now I’m just going to spend $10 on one tea, or nothing at all, thanks.

Stevia is my “hibby” or “blergamot” and I have not forgiven DT for adopting it as their new flagship ingredient. I feel very strongly about its infiltration into everything and I know if I ever accidentally buy something with it in it I’m going to go on a long, angry rant. :(

Evol Ving Ness

^^^What Sil said.

I used to go and pick up about 10 grams of each new tea that came out and then all this stevia and imitation flavour nonsense started and all their teas started tasting more or less the same and then the butchering of their FS system and nope, not doin’ it.

Evol Ving Ness

I just get swept up in a rant every single time I start thinking about the degeneration of DTs, from the time it was more or less reasonably priced for several reasonably good and fun teas with a reasonably good customer appreciation program.

Evol Ving Ness

Thankfully, I never had a problem with snark and resistance and upping my intended quantity. Generally, my servers have either been low-key indifferent or stellar.

CrowKettle

I had someone flat out tell me they couldn’t sell me 10-15g once. It was around the time I had a friend who worked at another DT who sold me oodles of little samples, so I was more unimpressed than I normally would’ve been. XD

Fjellrev

That’s rough when a sales associate is already resorting to lying. You have sales goals to tackle, cool, but these types of selling strategies hurt the business far more than they truly realize.

So, they ended up getting back to me and said that they would reimburse 100/200 of my points lost as “an exception” then passive-aggressively linked me to their FS program page to review the policies in spite of the fact that I referenced that very page in my inquiry and demonstrated my understanding of it very clearly. I just wanted an answer as to why they have structured it the way that they have. Sigh.

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68 tasting notes

I really, really like this one. However, I’ve liked most of the straight black teas that I’ve tried. This tea is far smoother than I expected as I was expecting a stronger astringency. The predominant notes are of dark fruit (think plums or red grapes) and a bit of a nuttiness. I don’t find this one to be overly complex, but it’s very enjoyable nonetheless.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Grapes, Plums, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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296 tasting notes

I had a hot cup of this to go yesterday because my lovely tea guide offered me it for free – since I waited patiently while she went to storage to get the sachets of the mothers day teas they are allowed to sell individually. (Which I am so excited to try) Anyway, this was a nice darjeeling black tea. I didn’t notice many differences really – but it was pleasantly astringent, and there was a slight fruity note. I don’t notice too much with straight teas. But it was pretty good.

Flavors: Astringent

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m jealous you got your hands on the Mother’s Day Sachets – we’re still waiting for them to be shipped to our store!

Michelle

Oh wow! So far I’ve tried Lady Marmalade and its pretty good :)

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6139 tasting notes

Hot cuppa, with some cinnamon honey.

I like what the cinnamon notes in the honey brought to this tea; Darjeeling already often feels pretty autumnal to me but that added warming spice note really nailed that feeling/aesthetic for me. I felt like I could have been sitting on the porch, watching beautiful orange leaves fall from our front yard tree, cup of tea in hand and enjoying a gentle autumn breeze. Very… homey.

Flavour wise, there was the obvious cinnamon, some muscat, malt, floral undertones, and a bit of a very light toastiness. Really pleasant, and I think the cinnamon only added to the well balanced complexities of the tea.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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