Review: Tea District Organic Fair Trade Darjeeling Second Flush

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Thumbs up!"Pretty much a neat and tidy summation of the best characteristics of a quality Darjeeling. "
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Tea District teas are quickly becoming a widespread commodity found in independent shops all across the USA. The company started in 2005 and has grown a steady clientele by offering a nice selection of quality teas. They also strive to inform and educate the consumer, with a decent variety of basic info on their website.

Tea District’s Darjeeling offerings are limited to this 2nd Flush tea, and a spiced Darjeeling. That said, when you find something that stands above the crowd, why mess with the rest? The small-to-medium-sized cut dried leaf presents milk-chocolate brown and richer mahogany shades, with a peppering of muted greys and tans. The aroma has a clean, almost-citrus-like nose to it. A 4-minute infusion brews up to a reddish-amber hue and emits an enticing, sweet-smelling aroma off the cup with notes of caramel. If you can imagine extracting all the sugary-sweetness out of caramel flavor, that translates to the palate as well, with a subtle, comforting warmth to back it up. The unmistakable sharpness of a quality Darjeeling is present throughout the sip, and lingers well beyond the finish. Typically I favor a second-infusion with my Darjeeling tea, but this tea presents an initial infusion that rivals the 2nd cup of some of my favorite Darjeelings. A second infusion of this tea is actually not quite as stellar as the initial cup, but still very fine indeed. There is a definitive dryness to the second infusion, like a fine oak-aged spirit or dry wine.

I wouldn’t hesitate to regularly stock this one in the tea pantry. As with most, I favor 2nd flush Darjeelings to first flush, and this one is a nice example of a 2nd. Pretty much a neat and tidy summation of the best characteristics of a quality Darjeeling.

— To purchase Tea District Organic Fair Trade Darjeeling Second Flush, 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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