Darjeeling (loose leaf)

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 oz / 218 ml

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The light golden black tea from the foothills of the Himalayas is considered the champagne of all teas. Expertly blended with a delicate and unique character that is likened to the Muscatel grape.

Darjeeling teas are grown in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in northeast India. The high altitude, soil and climate of the Darjeeling plantations contribute towards the unique and delicate taste of this tea. Twinings Darjeeling uses the finest first and second flush teas (those picked in the spring and summer) in this blend. Darjeeling is often regarded by connoisseurs as one of the finest teas. Darjeeling is best drunk black or with a touch of milk.

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6 tasting notes

I know it’s not a high quality tea but I’ve got less than I expected. I liked the sweet scent of it but thats the only positive aspect can be mentioned. I found it rather poor with an odd character. I would not offer this to my friends thats for sure :)

205 °F / 96 °C

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15 tasting notes

I got this tea because of recommendations of other people. They ranted and raved about the tea so I came in with high, abet tempered, reservations.

As with most Twinings tea it’s bitter. Going through my tasting of Twinings I realized that a lot of the tea is bitter. Some for the better, some for the worse. The Darjeeling comes out a smidge on the better side. Most everything about the tea is light. Light on floral smell, taste and spice.

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55 tasting notes

So I don’t follow directions because I like to experiment on how much to put in my strainer to fit my tastes. I put about double what’s in the tea bags and it tasted very yummy….. until I got to the bottom and swallowed a mouthful of tea mud. I’m going to try using less next time and hope for the best.

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6 tasting notes

I was skeptical about this tea given all the reviews so I brewed it as I do most other teas from Twinings, and then iced it. BITTER! Blech! I sweetened with stevia and it was still very bitter. I let is sit for about an hour and it mellowed out pretty well. I gave it another hour to mellow out and it was drinkable. I’ll try again in a few days with less time on the clock and see how it goes. Unfortunately, here at work I have little control over the water temp. For now 50ish rating.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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7 tasting notes

Slightly bitter at the bottom of the cup. I’m not sure if I brew it properly. I need a lot of practice, because She always made it for me.

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5 tasting notes

Very poor quality tea. I enjoy Darjeeling, and if you manage to make this tea JUST so, it has all of the classic muscadet flavours, with just a hint of ginger and spice in there. But it gets bitter very quickly, has a tonne of sediment in it, does not stand up to repeat steepings, and has to be made in exactly the right way not to taste terrible. (Not to mention that it can’t be stored – it lost its flavour over about a month). Would not buy again.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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582 tasting notes

Love Darjeeling and know how to make it. Familiar with estate blends, single estates, spring and summer flushed. Okay, I’m mad for Darleeing. But I really disliked the Twinings loose. Weak and stale tasting. Old? Adulterated? Maybe I had a bad batch?

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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34 tasting notes

Just ok, unremarkable and on weak side. As I noted elsewhere, blend this in equal parts with the unremarkable Twinings gunpowder green and you get a good cup. Easily better than either alone.

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108 tasting notes

Tastes like flowers, when brewed properly.

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