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