Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"A nice blend of sweet, fruity flavors and some less powerful flowery hints, with a very gentle hay- or straw-like component at the end of each sip. I do note that the muscatel flavor that is a hallmark of Darjeeling teas is perhaps a bit muted in this tea. "|
This Darjeeling tea is my first experience with the Happy Earth Tea company, a family-owned company that offers organic teas from all over the world. This particular tea is an organic First-Flush Darjeeling from 2013. My sample consists of variably-sized leaf pieces ranging from rather large to smallish. They are mostly green, although there are ample specks of tan, brown, and silver throughout. This tea has an impressively fresh aroma, and one that is quite potent. The scent is distinctly Darjeeling, with a sweet floral finish. I brewed this tea twice before deciding to write up the review because I learned through experience that this tea is rather finicky when it comes to preparation. It does NOT do well when steeped in boiling water, which results in an unnecessarily high astringency that makes it just about undrinkable. However, when prepared correctly, the tea is very tasty and a good representation of a Darjeeling tea. On my second attempt at preparation, I used 190-degree F water and infused for three minutes. Using this sub-boiling water instead of boiling water made a world of difference. This tea has a nice blend of sweet, fruity flavors and some less powerful flowery hints, with a very gentle hay- or straw-like component at the end of each sip. While not nearly as astringent as the improperly brewed first attempt, this second correctly brewed cup still possesses a respectable astringency, but it is now rather pleasant and helps to keep the cup tasting fresh and lively. If I was to sample this tea in a blind taste test scenario, there would be no question that I could identify this as a Darjeeling tea, yet I do note that the muscatel flavor that is a hallmark of Darjeeling teas is perhaps a bit muted in this tea. This is a rather light-bodied black tea, and I did notice that the flavor is rather fleeting, lasting only as long as the sip itself. I suppose that is good in that it keeps you coming back for more. In all, this is a nice Darjeeling tea that offers a fresh and clean flavor profile.
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