Review: Canton Tea Co. 1st Flush Darjeeling (Giddapahar China Delight)

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Its OK"The tea's flavor was dominated by grassy and straw notes with an underlying muscatel flavor. I found the tea to be bitter and that astringency did take away from my overall enjoyment of the tea."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6.5/10
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After drinking a few cups of Canton Tea Company's Darjeeling First Flush black tea, I can say that this is probably the first Canton Tea Company offering that disappointed me. The dry leaves look very green, have a small size, and are withered and closed. There is a fresh muscatel aroma, but the leaves also have a very green tea aroma. I steeped the leaves for about 2.5 minutes using water that had been brought to a boil then left to cool for about three minutes. The tea resembled apple cider, not only in its color but also in its opacity. The tea's flavor was dominated by grassy and straw notes with an underlying muscatel flavor. I found the tea to be bitter and that astringency did take away from my overall enjoyment of the tea. After brewing a few cups of this tea, I found that this tea is very sensitive to water temperature and is not forgiving if water that is just slightly too hot is used. I did make a second infusion with the leaves. The tea was similar to the first infusion, with springy/green notes coming through. The astringency was once again present.
In all, this wasn't a bad tea, but the astringency was just not for me, and I just found this tea to lack the extra zing that I am used to getting from Canton Tea Company offerings. Because of my personal preference for teas that are not bitter, I probably wouldn't drink this one again, but I wouldn't rate it as an awful tea. I would recommend this to those that like Darjeelings that offer a very green tea-like flavor, and also to those that appreciate a little astringency in their cup. On a last note, I would urge anyone preparing this tea to pay careful attention to the brewing parameters so as to not make the natural astringency even more pronounced.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. 1st Flush Darjeeling (Giddapahar China Delight), 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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