Review: Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"No big surprises with this Darjeeling. A great, admirable company. A great tea. 'Nuff said."
Dan’s Teaview: 8/10
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twoleavesdarjeelingTwo Leaves and a Bud was founded by a man with worldly travels, frustrated by the lack of quality tea availability in North America. I find this sort of statement somewhat humorous anymore, as I have delved into dozens of recently-formed (within the last decade) tea companies with this same rote sentiment. Should anyone actually decide to start a tea company these days, their mission statement surely could not contain such banal gibberish, as there is a whole plethora of amazing tea that is available worldwide with the click of a button. Nonetheless, we are thankful for the existence of all the wonderful tea purveyors in existence and hope that there are yet more to come, to unveil even more nooks and crannies of the fabulous tea world. Moreover, Two Leaves and a Bud need to pride themselves on their support of small farmers, organic farming techniques, and their offerings of fair trade and kosher products as well. One last tidbit: I love that the founder and CEO rides his bike to work every day. FYI, the company is based just south of Aspen, Colorado. Yes, he even bikes in the snow. Kudos, Richard!

Not atypical of most bagged teas, the leaves contained within the Organic Darjeeling satchel are quite small, ranging from very broken to fine particles. Although offered in loose tea format as well from Two Leaves and a Bud, I suspect the tea leaves are the same mix, same size, same shape, same batch. A general mixture of balsa wood shades and greenish-brown tones, with a very small amount of straight-green leaves sprinkled in, this appears a nice blend of appropriate Darjeeling leaves. The dried leaf smell of black and red pepper -- a spicy nose mixed with an earthy tea aroma.

A 4 minute brew with sub-boiling water is perfect here, as with most Darjeelings. The cup is burnt-amber colored, reminding me of many a Key West sunset. The warmth and depth of the cup is welcoming, a beautifully rich flavor, mildly astringent, but also light and highly drinkable. Like a sharp cheese, the flavor penetrates and lingers on those bumps left on your tongue. If you are a Darjeeling drinker, you know what you are getting into with this tea, and you will love it. It's fresh and invigorating and absolutely comforting. For those who like to add a touch of sugar and milk to their Darjeeling, it works perfectly here as well, but this is a delicious tea straight-up. I recommend whichever suits you according to mood.

No big surprises with this Darjeeling. A great, admirable company. A great tea. 'Nuff said.

— To purchase Two Leaves and a Bud 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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