|"This is some fine Himalayan Mountains tea, that transports you above the clouds, and is perfect for an early morning cup."|
The Organic Darjeeling on offer here is a 2nd flush variety. It is certified organic by the USDA. The dried leaf aroma is subtly sweet, which CTH indicates will appeal to those with a love for dessert wines. I can definitely see this connection. The leaves are semi-broken and contain a nice mixtures of brown hues, and a very slight peppering of white tippy buds.
Within seconds, the liquor forms up a nice amber color, which develops into a lovely, deeper shade upon full steep. CTH recommends a full tablespoon, steeped with boiling water at 3 minutes. I initially balked at this, and brewed about half the amount of leaf with slightly cooler water. The results were satisfying, but I then tried it at the recommendations given. The results were definitely much richer - akin to the difference between watered down off-brand grocery store coffee and a rich, bold, gourmet coffee shop cuppa joe. A chocolaty, malty taste is present and just the right touch of that famous Darjeeling astringency.
Utilizing the 1T of leaf and 3 minute steep, this also produces a more satisfying second cup/steeping as well. While not as bold and rich as the first cup, a second cup is about equivalent to that first cup I brewed using less leaf and cooler water. As such, I would definitely recommend the latter method.
This is some fine Himalayan Mountains tea, that transports you above the clouds, and is perfect for an early morning cup.
— To purchase California Tea House Organic 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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