Review: Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"The flavor of the tea is quite bright, sturdy and somewhat dry without a lot of overt astringency and offers a peek at the wide spectrum of exhilarating flavors that Darjeelings gain their widespread appeal from."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7/10
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twoleavesdarjeelingTwo Leaves and a Bud specializes in teabags containing whole loose leaf teas rather than the more orthodox CTC or other grades of tea usually associated with bagged tea. This particular tea is an organically grown first flush Darjeeling. The bags chosen by Two Leaves and a Bud are roomy and allow for good movement of the leaf in the bag.

A four minute steep time is recommended with this tea.

The tea offers a fresh and fragrant, strongly floral scent that is carried into the flavor almost verbatim. On sipping the tea in the very hot stages, I noticed a bitter quality asserting itself that I honestly couldn't decide upon the nature of. I couldn't really decide if it was pleasing or not, and was thinking very nearly that sweetener was being called for. I'll admit that sweetening a Darjeeling is nearly anathema for me. Usually the sweet and highly fragrant traits preclude the very notion.

I let the tea cool off just a bit more before trying any more of it and it was at this point that I really began to enjoy the cup and think it was pretty darned good. The flavor of the tea is quite bright, sturdy and somewhat dry without a lot of overt astringency and offers a peek at the wide spectrum of exhilarating flavors that Darjeelings gain their widespread appeal from. I have a hard time pinning down flavors in Darjeelings. They are fruity and floral at once, but more to the floral side. They are sweet but also have bitter and astringent aspects that makes their taste interesting from start to finish. This particular offering is floral and more strongly sturdy than light, sweet and fruity. Part of what I enjoyed about this tea is that those complexities came through pretty honestly, even in a tea bag! In any case, I found that once this tea cooled off from the piping hot side of the temperature spectrum, the bitterness settled to the point of being a helpful component of flavor, I stopped wondering if I wanted sweetener, and just enjoyed the tea.

This would make a nice choice for someone looking for a good tasting tea in a bagged format.

— 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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