Frontier Co-Op Darjeeling Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Darjeeling Tea
Flavors
Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey, Malt, Smooth
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Kosher
Edit tea info Last updated by Mastress Alita
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 13 oz / 374 ml

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  • “This is nice. Just a nice mellow gentle tea. It’s has a nice brightness to it, a little fruity tang in the middle section, although the base, & by that I mean the depth, is not particularly...” Read full tasting note
  • “This tea is not among my favorites. It has nothing particularly wrong with it. Mild musty taste, some what vegetal. I probably will not buy it again. Plain darjeelings are not my favorite anyway....” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown! I got this tea from Terri. Thank you Terri! This is not a great darjeeling, but it’s a nice enough and not too memorable tea. If you don’t like Darjeelings, then you could probably still...” Read full tasting note
  • “golden, tippy….English Breakfast?? is that you? i had this tea the other day & for some reason i thought i was drinking English Breakfast! which as far as i know contains Assam, in the very...” Read full tasting note
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From Frontier Natural Products Co-op

Frontier® Darjeeling Black Tea creates a honey-colored infusion from Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe grade leaves, with a unique aroma and a complex, light-to-medium black tea flavor. Its bright astringency works equally well with rich or oily foods, like a light fish course or dessert.

This particular tea is harvested in autumn which is referred to as the third flush.

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12 Tasting Notes

3294 tasting notes

This is nice.
Just a nice mellow gentle tea.
It’s has a nice brightness to it, a little fruity tang in the middle section, although the base, & by that I mean the depth, is not particularly strong.
A pleasant afternoon diversion.

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This tea is not among my favorites. It has nothing particularly wrong with it. Mild musty taste, some what vegetal. I probably will not buy it again. Plain darjeelings are not my favorite anyway. Luckily, I don’t have much of it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown!
I got this tea from Terri. Thank you Terri!
This is not a great darjeeling, but it’s a nice enough and not too memorable tea. If you don’t like Darjeelings, then you could probably still enjoy this tea. It has less acidity and astringency than more pronounced Darjeelings, but also lacks the more ethereal muscatel notes, or the fantastic mouth feels that good Darjs have.

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golden, tippy….English Breakfast?? is that you?

i had this tea the other day & for some reason i thought i was drinking English Breakfast! which as far as i know contains Assam, in the very least…

i’m inclined to say my taste buds aren’t up to snuff, but this isn’t as dreamy a Darjeeling as i remember other darjeelings being..

it was quite a bit astringent, a bit more than is warranted for standard blacks, and darjeeling is supposed to be the champagne of tea! a lemon note kept popping out at me that i wanted to go away, and that’s saying something since i love lemon. i drink lemon water (to the point of it being cloudy) fairly regularly although i will admit, it is sometimes an exercise in endurance. lol

anyway…i guess i was hoping to have a black tea that could hold up against milk & sugar. it didn’t seem to work this time.

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I love Darjeeling. I really love it with great big hearty hearts. I’d marry it if I could. I don’t know how this tea compares to any other Darjeeling. I just felt the need to proclaim my love for all of Steepster to see.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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June Wedding! Something old… Goodness, I’m not even sure when I got this tea, since I picked it up from the loose bulk spice bins at my local Fred Meyer, along with some lavender buds. If I had to guess, I’d say likely last fall or winter? I remember I had been looking online for a long time for a black lavender tea, but I could only find lavender earl greys, and I just wanted black tea with lavender without the bergamot added. When I was doing my grocery shopping one night and passed by the loose spices and saw the lavender, I got the bright of idea of just adding lavender to a black tea. Then I saw they also had some teas in the bins. The only options were an Assam, a Ceylon, or a Darjeeling, and since I’m not a huge fan of Assams or Ceylons (I usually find they tend to get a bit strong, bitter, or astringent for my particular tastes), I decided to try the Darjeeling. I’d never tried a Darjeeling before, and wasn’t expecting anything amazing for something out of a bin in Fred Meyer that I’d be blending with lavender anyway, and was really just hoping I’d get the less astringent of the three options.

Plain, the tea has a slightly honeyed aroma, and brews up into a light black tea that is slightly malty with a very subtle apricot note, and a slight autumn leaf flavor in the aftertaste. It’s a bit on the mild side and probably not the sort of black most folks would prefer for breakfast, but it is definitely lacking any of the bitterness I get from darker black teas, and its astringency is very mellow, so for my purposes, this tea was a good choice.

It took me a while to work out my preferred black tea latte with this… mostly because lavender is finicky. Too much and it gets very bitter and sour (and I’ve had this problem even with commercial tea blends using lavender!). But too little and you don’t get a good lavender flavor, so it takes quite a bit of experimenting and several bad cups of tea until finding the golden ratio. For me, I like to use 1.5 tsp of the darjeeling, a level 0.5 tsp of the lavender buds, infuse that in a cup and a half of 200 F water for 3 minutes, and add it to half a cup of warmed vanilla almond milk. It’s such a tasty breakfast tea; lightly malty with no bitterness, very sweet and creamy, with a strong lavender flavored finish that doesn’t step over that edge into sour floral. For two relatively cheap bulk ingredients (the darjeeling and the lavender buds) that I can grab at a grocery just down the street, it’s a really satisfying tea latte.

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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A touch bitter, but still eminently drinkable. I poured boiling water over the leaves; I think I will experiment with lower temperatures or tea to water in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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