Darjeeling Tea

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Darjeeling Tea
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  • “Missy decided we were going to have a darjeeling face off today. We have a little bit left of the ones we bought from Upton, and the one from Golden Moon. I evidently never reviewed this one...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’ve decided I really like Darjeelings. This is the first one I’ve tried, stand alone, so I have nothing to compare it to. Now I have a mission, to find the Darjeeling that belongs in my stash...” Read full tasting note
  • “Golden Moon Sampler Tea #14: Usual morning (messy), usual method of grabbing first black tea I see. I really like the leaves, all curling around each other, there was just something playful about...” Read full tasting note

From Golden Moon Tea

Biodynamically grown with notes of roasted chestnut and a sweet muscatel finish.

Some call it “The Land of the Dancing Mists.” To us it’s simply home to one of our favorite black teas which balances fruit, nut, and floral flavors with an unusual muscatel character.

1) Bring fresh, filtered water to a boil
2) Pour over your tea leaves in a teapot (1 spoonful of tea per serving)
3) Steep 4 minutes
4) Stir, strain, and enjoy!

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314 tasting notes

The dry leaves in the packet do smell like fruit and nuts….and wood—reminiscent of a fruitcake nestled in a cedar box.

The flavor seems a little thin, to me. And bitter. Almost like unripe grapes on the vine. Or like grape seeds—bitter and green with a woodsy bite.

The tea mellows out and becomes more “floral”, as it cools. Floral like gardenias. It seems like a white floral notes are common to tea leaves.

This was my first Darjeeling. It was okay, I guess. I’m not sure if I’m intrigued enough to seek out more.


I love Darjeeling!


Maybe I’m not ready for Darjeelings yet. I still need some sweetness, maltiness or smokiness in my teas to make me like them.


I love Darjeelings too, but I haven’t had that many of them yet. The ones I’ve had had some definite sweetness to them, though.

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117 tasting notes

OMNOMNOM. I really need to drink more black tea, because I really can’t tell the difference between them. I swear, every time I drink a new black tea, I think, “Yes! THIS is it! THIS is what I mean when I think of black tea! The fragrance, the flavour, this, this, this!”

Until the next cup of a different black tea. [Sigh.]

So ya. This. THIS smells just like the chai Mum made every day, even without the milk and sugar. THIS tastes just like that tea, even without the milk and the cardamom and ginger. More accurately, it tastes just like the black tea base of that tea, before the milk and the cardamom and the ginger were added.

At least, I think it does. Until the next cup of black tea I drink. I obviously cannot be trusted.

It’s yummy, though. And it’s comforting. I needed something “safe” today, as I’ve been a bit too adventurous of late and just wasn’t up to evaluating a new flavour. I didn’t get any bitterness or dry mouth, which is always nice. It’s not as, I dunno, flavourful? bold? oomphy? as some other black teas I’ve recently tried, for which I docked it a few points. But it’s very nice.

Bonus: Just like every time I eat a clementine, I pranced around the kitchen singing, “Oh, m’darlin’, O m’darlin’, O m’daaaarlin’ Darjeeling, I will steep you, I will sip you, o m’darlin’, Darjeeling” ♬ while this was steeping. (Note that the clementine variant is "I will peel you, I will eat you, o m’darlin’, clementine. ♬)

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237 tasting notes

I like Darjeeling teas – the natural sweetness, the dried fruit notes. However ever since I heard the word “muscatel” applied to the flavor of these teas, it’s hard for me not to think of dried currants and raisins whenever I smell or drink this tea. That’s not a bad thing, because I like those, but it does feel a little like I may be limiting my ability to tease out other flavors.

In any case, the smell when I opened the packet was the typical Darjeeling, so no surprises there. A handsome looking tea too, light and curly twists of leaves, darker and lighter brown. Four minutes at just under boiling – I often have my Darjeelings spend five minutes in the bath, but we’ll be easy on this newcomer to see how it stands up.

It’s a tasty and typical tea of this variety. The notes are in all the right places, including the aforementioned muscatel. No standout, exceptional surprises here; I’d drink it again but wouldn’t seek it out above others. With cream and sugar it’s also very drinkable.

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367 tasting notes

Sooo…Darjeeling. Yup. That’s what it is. I guess.

I’ve only had one other Darjeeling (Adagio’s #2), and have smelled the teabags that I prepared for others. So I really don’t know what comprises a good Darjeeling. So, keep that in mind.

I had this for my morning tea so I really don’t remember much at this point in the day. It was fine. It had a pleasant fragrance (both in the sample bag and in the cup), but for the life of me I couldn’t seperate what was what. Floralish spicyish teaish. Pleasant. Not really remarkable. Had two pleasant cups. Nothing made me think that I had to have this tea. NE

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Upton Imports sells a Darjeeling sampler so that you can get an idea of the different varieties of darjeeling…


Thank you Lori! I’ll add that to my list since I really sensed that I have the potential to be a Darjeeling fan :)

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564 tasting notes

I think this is the last black tea in the Golden Moon box. Sadly, it’s pretty average. There are some sweet fruity notes and a darker woody base to this, but that’s about all I notice and I’m not blown away by it. Luckily I have other Darjeelings that are more interesting! This is a sipdown (222).

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I received a sample of this in my SweeTea package from oOTeaOo … thank you!

A very nice Darjeeling. It has a nuttier taste than I expected – usually, I find that Darjeeling teas tend to be fruitier/wine-ish, but this has a nutty taste to it, with a wine-like finish. Very nice, indeed!

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227 tasting notes

Its quite bright coloured – orangy.
Smells nice. Like it should…
It leaves a full taste in my mouth. That I love. It has the slight bitternes which goes well with black teas. This tea is quite yummy…

EDIT It’s refreshing and good cold…

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251 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea; I don’t drink a lot of Darjeelings. I decided to be conservative when brewing it, so it only got about 3 minutes with cooler water (190) for the first steeping. Brewed in a clear glass carafe, it has a pale brown color, tending more towards yellow than red. It is a clear, sharp (vice translucent) brew that is light and clean in the mouth. A good tea without much outstanding, good or bad.

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911 tasting notes

I just finished watching The Darjeeling Limited so I thought I’d pull this out to try. Not that the movie had anything to do with the tea, but eh.

This smells very sharply nutty. Taste-wise, there is a little sharpness and brightness but overall it is an unimpressive Darjeeling. S’not bad though. Maybe a good starter Darjeeling or something. It is inoffensive but is a good general representation of how Darjeelings are supposed to taste.

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251 tasting notes

So good! To me, this is sort of an archetype. Very smooth with no bitterness. Not the most exciting, I really prefer more strongly flavored teas, but this is just good.

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