Review: Jacksons of Piccadilly Darjeeling

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Its OK"A pleasing, robust brew... not necessarily a top-grade Darjeeling, but certainly a good introduction for anyone new to this type of tea."
James’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 7/10, Shane gave it 6/10
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jacksons-piccadilly-darjeel.jpgDarjeeling...The Champagne of Teas. This is what you will hear often about Darjeeling. I had never tried it and was looking forward to the opportunity. I am not sure why since I do not really care for champagne, but I assume the slogan refers more to the concept of champagne rather than the flavor. I was a little cautious as my high expectations for Earl Gray were not met, and the same could be true with Darjeeling.

The leaves have an almost imperceptibly sweet smell to them that I have to admit, made me think of champagne. The aroma of the brewed tea was nice and robust like a black tea should be, with a hint of ... something. I could not quite put my finger on it, but it made me feel it was something special. Maybe a secret added ingredient or the effects of the climate of Darjeeling Himalayan hill region. It is often described as having a floral aroma and maybe that is what I noticed, but it is certainly subdued compared to the green teas I have recently been drinking.

Darjeeling is in the aftertaste. As I drank it, there was nothing particularly different about it. It tastes like a cross between a black tea and an Oolong, which it really is. Darjeeling is usually oxidized less than other black teas, but still more than an Oolong. But the flavor lasts on the tongue and it slightly nutty like an Oolong and slightly bitter like a traditional black tea. The combination works together. I will have to try other Darjeeling teas before deciding if it becomes a regular for me, but Jacksons of Piccadilly is a good introduction to Darjeeling teas.
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