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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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66 Tasting Notes

11 tasting notes

I like the idea of this tea … but subtlety can be taken too far. This tea’s barely there … If you weren’t looking at your cup you wouldn’t know when to stop drinking it.


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6 tasting notes

Had my second ever Darjeeling today. Seems to be a good Twinings staple, and rightfully so.

The description on the box of the train coming down from the himalayas is so dreamlike and enticing, and so fitting for the character of the tea.
It’s a refreshing, drawn-out palette with a firm underpinning of classic black tea flavour, and a faint floral taste around the edges that unfolds in the aftertaste.

I may have over-steeped it today though, since it was a little astringent and the fainter flavours were getting drowned out a bit – so I would recommend maybe about 2 minutes 30 steeping for optimum flavour balance (although due to it being a bagged tea and made of tea dust, you’ll still get a dull, bitter flavour anyway). I might also try it with milk in the future.
Overall though, good job little steam train.

3 min, 15 sec

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11 tasting notes

Being relatively new on this tea journey this is my first Darjeeling and I love it as a daily drinker. I find myself wanting to pick it over the other 7 Twinings varieties I purchased at the same time due to it’s rich smooth flavor. Of course it would not compare to a selected 2nd Flush loose leaf as I’ve now been researching but remember, it is what it is.

I take it with 1 Splenda and sometimes a dash of honey but usually just straight and never milk. I highly recommend it to those who drink average bagged teas.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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20 tasting notes

this is quite light, has light flavor, can be too simple for someone who need a strong punch.
i wouldnt say wow it’s like a roller coaster or dream tea, whatever.
Like the description on the package, it’s best in its straight way, without milk or sugar.
and they marked this tea on the first level of three leaves which means it’s the mildest baby in twining tea world. i guess..
color may cheat you, even if it turns to brown red, the taste never goes beyond the mildness until 3mins. Like woody allen never be like hulk hogan even though he’s upset.
dont get me wrong, i like him.

Except the day when the teabag burst out in my thermo, i’ve generally nice impression on twining blackteas. mine is french version, so it comes in gold package, like a loose leaf version in the gold tin can. the careful illustrations about ‘conseils d’utilisation’ is one of things i appreciated to twining, actually many tea companies ignore that,, the appropriate temperature,
number of teabags you need, waiting time, it can be kind starter for beginners as i was several yrs ago.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Twinings Darjeeling in the teabags (not lose).
Brewing time 2:30 minutes, Brewing temp 195 (using Breville One-Touch Tea Maker), 5 teabags in filter, 1200cc water.
1. This is my first time drinking any darjeeling.
2. I drank the first cup without sugar (I normally use sugar). It was not bitter and indeed was very smooth.
3. As the tea cooled it did have a a bit of an unusual flavor on the back of the throat that it did not appreciate but it was definitely not bitter. With sugar this off taste was completely removed.
4. I cannot really describe the aroma, it was not an aroma I recognized but most are describing malty and I have never smelled a malt, so maybe that is it.
5. I found the tea (after adding the sugar) pleasant. I liked it but it is not amongst my favorites, but I will buy it again for occasional drinking.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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16 tasting notes

This is a delicious tea. I like the creaminess feel of this Darjeeling tea. I add milk to it and it makes it taste better. If you are getting into teas, then you may want to try this. As well if you are a fan of black tea then you should try this.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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37 tasting notes

Meh. Not sure what the fuss is about. It is fairly light, and I agree with some commenters who say it is better without milk or sweeteners. But I didn’t think it was anything special, and certainly wouldn’t spend money on this again in the store with other choices available. It has a nicer grade of material in the bag/sachet than some other Twinings teas, but it is unremarkable beyond that. I also noticed — and apparently this is common with Darjeelings — that it gets a bit bitter if oversteeped.

190 °F / 87 °C

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7 tasting notes

My second choice for cheap Darjeeling because it is the only Darjeeling I can find at supermarkets here. Even then I can only seem to find it as teabags! Not a delicacy, but definitely drinkable. Twinings as a brand is consistent and trustworthy.

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32 tasting notes

Maybe I’m just weird, but I actually like the slight bitterness of it. I have a bad habit of using quite a bit of sugar in my tea, but I’ve been using a lot less in this stuff. Definitely not my favorite, but its not bad at all. I could see it being very good iced, too.

3 min, 0 sec

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6 tasting notes

In a pinch this tea isn’t the worst tea I’ve ever had, especially considered it is mostly dust and shake, shoved into a tea bag. It is lighter than most of the black teas in its category and I can detect the faint (very faint) profile of darjeeling but you really have to focus on the taste to pick it up.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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