Review: Happy Earth Tea Giddapahar Special Darjeeling Second Flush 2011

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Its OK"Dry and wine-like. Fans of Riesling will love it!"
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I finally found it.  At long last, I tasted a Darjeeling that  possesses the oft-boasted, but seldom detected, flavor of wine.

Whenever I read about fine Darjeeling teas, most, if not all, describe themselves as possessing a "Muscat" quality.  I could never taste it, and as a result, felt like a loser in the Darjeeling arena.  Giddapahar Special, though, made me a contender, at least.

I first noticed this wine-like quality while the tea was brewing.  I used 2 teaspoons per 8 ounces of  near-boiling water.  The odor was sweet,  somewhat fermented, and fruity.  I couldn't wait to taste it. However, I was disappointed in the taste of this tea.  Like many darjeelings, the taste just wasn't full enough.  I only registered flavor on the very front and top of my tongue.  Adding more leaves only made the sensation stronger and more bitter.  It didn't tickle any other flavor centers, like grassy, floral, or butter.   All I got was  a slight sweetness and dryness that hung at the front of my mouth, leaving me thirsty.

I must say, though, unlike other darjeelings I've tried, the wine flavor was  definitely there, and it  lingered.  Impressive, but not in a muscatel way.  To me, it tasted more like a Chardonnay or a Rieisling .

So I guess I'm just not a darjeeling fan, because I don't like white whine.  I'm a red wine, full flavored gal.  If you like dry, mild, gentle white wines and teas, don't listen to me.  You'll love Giddapahar.  But I must rate it a 6.

— To purchase Happy Earth Tea Giddapahar Special Darjeeling Second Flush 2011, 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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