Review: Choice Organic Estate Blend Darjeeling

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Its OK"If you are a tea drinker that prefers not to add sugar, you will likely find Choice Organic's Estate Blend Darjeeling too bitter to be enjoyable."
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choiceblackteasall.jpgChoice Organic's Estate Blend Darjeeling is a 100% organic tea offered in a biodegradable silken pyramid teabag. I took a closer look at the contents of the teabag and observed mostly smaller-sized broken leaves; thankfully there were no miniscule tea specks here. I brewed the tea for four minutes in boiling water, as directed on the package. The first thing I noticed about this tea was that it produced a very strong smoky aroma, which was also evident in the flavor. The smokiness didn't turn me off, but neither did I find it entirely appealing. Beyond the smokiness, I could definitely detect a bitterness to the flavor, and this bitterness I found entirely unpalatable. I took a few more sips and realized that if I was going to be able to enjoy this tea, I was going to need some sugar to mask the bitterness. After adding a packet of sugar, I found the tea to actually be quite enjoyable. The addition of sugar made the tea smoother and more balanced. However, even with the sugar, this tea was just an average Darjeeling; I didn't notice any standout qualities of this particular tea. If you are a tea drinker that prefers not to add sugar, you will likely find Choice Organic's Estate Blend Darjeeling too bitter to be enjoyable. However, this tea is a decent enough brew if the bitterness can be masked (or, more ideally, avoided) by either adding sugar or steeping for a reduced time (I would recommend two minutes or less).

— To purchase Choice Organic Estate Blend Darjeeling, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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