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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 4 g 11 oz / 329 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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330 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea before and really enjoyed it, out at a restaurant. Once. The first time I had it. But then every time I’ve tried it after that, it has had a bitter taste to it that just stops any enjoyment of it.

I bought a box of it, determined to see if I could recapture that first cup. This morning it gets standard breakroom treatment – splenda and a creamer tub. Bleah.

Tried adding a second packet of Splenda. Still not really good, but tolerable.

I will have to try a shorter steep.

(Waxed my spinning wheel last night. It looks so much better. Waiting on bobbins and a driveband tension knob to be able to spin.)

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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141 tasting notes

I cold-brewed the tea this time, using three teabags in an 18 oz. jar and left it to brew for about 24 hours in the fridge. The slight bitter aftertaste and astringency disappeared, leaving only the floral sweetness and aroma of the Darjeeling. There is nothing quite like it.

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123 tasting notes

I almost never have teabags in my apartment but I am currently stuck at home for the next couple of weeks and my parents have a gigantic amount of teabags. So I thought I would review some and try to restrain from sounding like a loose tea snob. This darjeeling isn’t terrible considering its twinnings but its still pretty bland with a flat muscatel flavor. It has a slight sweetness but it borders on tasting like dust. I drink it straight, milk and sugar would just make it a glorified milkshake in my mind. Meh.

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25 tasting notes

(Guest post from my mom Joi!)

There are certain varieties (and brands) of tea that I always have on hand. Always. Twinings Darjeeling Tea is one of the ones I’m most loyal to.

I just realized, I can’t imagine NOT having Darjeeling tea on hand. Unheard of!

Did you know that Twinings was founded in London, England in 1706? Talk about longevity and on the job experience. Little wonder they’re one of the best tea brands in the business. You pick up a bit of knowledge over hundreds of years, I’d imagine.

Darjeeling tea is one of those teas that tastes exceptional iced or hot. For people like me, who drink tea all day and all night, this is a must. If I had to choose my favorite way to enjoy a cup of Darjeeling, however, it’d be hot. Now here’s the kicker, I’m a honey fanatic and add honey to most of the cups of hot tea I drink. However, even I wouldn’t dream of adding anything to a cup of Darjeeling tea. It’d seem…well, wrong. This tea has a hint of sweetness without adding anything at all. That, as well as its beautiful fragrance, make this one of my favorite teas.

This Heavenly intense black tea is from the foothills of the Himalayas, and it doesn’t let you forget its exotic background for one second. Some teas are perfectly content to have a subtle, almost shy, personality. They don’t make a lot of noise, you know. They’re just happy to be in your presence. If you want to add a little fruit, fine. If you want to stir in a little honey, great. If you want to eat cookies or pie as you sip, wonderful. Have at it. It’s all about you, and these subtle teas insist on being your second in command.

Then there’s Darjeeling Tea. Darjeeling Tea is the star of the show, with a delightful diva-like presence that I LOVE. If you’ve never tried Darjeeling Tea, you have to grab some Twinings Darjeeling Tea and prepare to fall in love.

You’ll find yourself following the same ritual I do:

- I open the box of Twinings Darjeeling Tea
- I put my nose to the box and inhale the wonderful aroma
- I joyfully brew up an amazing mug to enjoy, sometimes two
- I wonder how I ever got along without Darjeeling

It’s a wonderful ritual and one I highly recommend. :)


You have found Heaven in a cup of Darjeeling. I have found it in a cup of Ceylon. Others may find it in Chai with milk or iced Earl Grey and still others may never find it. We are the lucky few.

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7 tasting notes

Horrible; made me retch. Could someone direct me to a tasty darjeeling?


Try Darjeeling the First Flush or Darjeeling the Second Flush from Lupicia teas. It’s a significant improvement and much more pleasant than Twinings’ version.


In most cases, loose leaf is preferable. I would recommend ordering some sample Darjeelings from Upton or Adagio, which are much less expensive than Indian vendors, due to shipping fees.

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3 tasting notes

The first time I made a cup of this tea I thought I made it wrong.

Here I am, many cups later, realizing that no matter how I make this tea, it just tastes like dishwater. YUCK.

I’ve steeped it for two minutes, three minutes, up to five minutes. I’ve added Splenda and real sugar and honey. I’ve microwaved my water and made it in a traditional tea kettle. Nothing helps. Nothing makes it better.

I want to like this tea because I’ve had good Darjeeling tea, and other Twinings teas I’ve had have always been consistent and good. (Their Irish Breakfast is one of my favorites.) But this… this is just unsalvageable. Every time I try to make another cup and put all preconceived notions out of my head so I can try and enjoy it… Dishwater. I suppose it has a slight bitterness that one could point to a light black tea with, but the flavor is just so flat and unsavory that I’m not willing to dig that deep to keep drinking it.

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37 tasting notes

I tried this once before, as was far from blown away by this tea. I decided to try this tea one more time, I admit, because I was drawn back to the pretty purple box and the elegance of the name of this tea. Darjeeling. It just sounds like a word made up to be used in poetry.

Ah well. I was optimistic for the first sip, and I was initially surprised by my earlier memory of this tea. As I get near the middle of this cup, I start wanting to get this stale, papery aftertaste from off of my tongue. Quite a shame, as the initial taste of the tea and the smell coming off of the tea is very warm and inviting. I think I notice the aftertaste more with this tea because of the underwhelming strength of this tea. Unlike what I’ve read about this tea, I really do not notice any particular bitterness to the drink, even after steeping this cup for a little over four minutes.

Dull, slightly unpleasant, I have a suspicion that this tea would taste better iced. As a hot drink, this tea leaves me feeling disappointed.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

This tea is mediocre. The price should be lowered so that it fits in better with all the other “ordinary teabags” instead of being shelved with the “fine teabags.” (Before you laugh at the irony, just realize that some teabags really are better than others, even though none can compare to loose-leaf.)

If the branding seduces you into expecting the highest quality you can get from a bag, you’ll be disappointed in the unappealing flavor.

If you treat this as “just another teabag” and add milk + sugar, you’ll be pleased — but then again, you could be equally pleased with a cheaper teabag.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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583 tasting notes

Probably the worst alleged Darjeeling I’ve ever tasted. Very disappointing. No muscatel. Just stale, weak tea.

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19 tasting notes

Can get a bit bitter. It’s just OK.

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