Review: Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Darjeeling

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Its OK"The flavor was on the light side, as well, although it definitely possessed some of the Darjeeling astringent sharpness, primarily on the front of the tongue, not much down the sides. This was followed by a dry, woody finish with notes of muscatel and little fragrance in the mouth."
Lynn’s Teaview: 6.9/10
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twoleavesdarjeelingThis offering from Two Leaves and a Bud features organic, first flush Darjeeling tea from the mountains of northern India—a healthy teaspoonful— packaged in a silky sachet inside an individual plastic packet. When I opened the packet and sniffed, I was greeted with a rather sour odor that reminded me of pickles. The dark, olive green leaves were quite broken, though in larger pieces than you'd find in your average off-the-shelf teabag. It's quite possible that the leaves were crushed in transit to me, so I'm not going to comment on that.

Following instructions on the packet, I steeped it for four minutes in 195F water. This produced a medium copper liquor with very little of the rich, slightly sharp, slightly earthy floral fragrance I associate with Darjeelings. The flavor was on the light side, as well, although it definitely possessed some of the Darjeeling astringent sharpness, primarily on the front of the tongue, not much down the sides. This was followed by a dry, woody finish with notes of muscatel and little fragrance in the mouth. As it cooled, a bit of a floral finish crept in, but still quite light. Given the thinness of the initial steep, I did not do a second.

This tea has the elements of a Darjeeling, but not as highly pronounced or complex as some I've sampled. It's not a bad tea, just not a great one for the price.

— 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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