|"This tea has a somewhat mild flavor for such a distinct smelling tea, it
was slightly floral and sweet, with a honeylike coloring. It has a
wonderful natural sweetness, and I preferred the tea very lightly
Chloe is a Darjeeling Green tea, grown at high altitude (about 5000 feet) in India. The estate from which the tea comes is Bio-Organic (meaning that they employ both biodynamic and traditional organic farming techniques, I assume?) The dry leaf is green with a golden brown tawniness in coloration, and is full and fluffy, sweet and definitely vegetal in smell. The fullness of the leaf made me want to use less, but brewed, it doesn't expand the way an oolong does, so I was glad that I used plenty of leaf. The leaves, wet, brightened to a pretty mossy green.
This tea has a somewhat mild flavor for such a distinct smelling tea, it was slightly floral and sweet, with a honeylike coloring. It has a wonderful natural sweetness, and I preferred the tea very lightly sweetened. The flavors are complex - not just lightly sweet, but also possessing a light astringency, not unpleasant at all, and a certain
dryness to the taste which is really interesting. Interesting is how I would describe this tea. The vegetal nature of the tea is not overbearing, the sweetness is just right in my book, and the taste of the tea greatly surpassed the smell. The tea really woke up my senses, keeping my mind intrigued by the balancing of flavors. I would say the noticeable flavors/aspects of this tea are primarily as follows: gently sweet, astringent, dry and vegetal, in that order. Each nuance is noticeable and distinct enough to be appreciated in its own regard. I really enjoyed the complex qualities of this tea, a Darjeeling Green has definite and distinct qualities from other green teas that I have tried, the biggest difference being in the vegetal flavors being less forward than some of the other flavors.
I recommend trying this interesting tea. If you are somewhat confused by the Simple Leaf's somewhat baffling titling of their teas, as I am, try anyway. Part of the fun of the curious names is that you are compelled to learn a little more about what you are considering drinking. The website is easy to navigate. The name Chloe meant nothing to me taste or variety wise, so reading about the tea was necessary. In the process, learned quite a bit about the tea. The Darjeeling Greens are a very interesting family, I definitely want to try more based on this experience.
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