Review: Canton Tea Co. Glenburn Estate First Flush Darjeeling

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As a lover of thick, foamy, strong, Irish Breakfast-type black teas, I have to downshift a lot when I try a Darjeeling.

They call it the "champagne of teas," but in my view, champagne is a beast compared to a cup of this Darjeeling. For a company with a Chinese name, Canton provides a fine specimen of these dry delicate, first-flush, (first crop) leaves from India.

For the most enjoyment, I recommend you drink this from your thinnest, finest, china. Save the chunky mugs for the aforementioned breakfast blacks.

The first thing that hit me when brewing up these slender, grey/green leaves was the floral aroma. It was overwhelming enough to make me pucker. The taste followed suit with an almost powdery-dry bouquet of roses and lavender--even some mint.

As I sat with it, I garnered some fruity tendencies. I noted the much sought-after "muscatel" wine-like notes, as well as something sweeter. Canton says it's pineapple on their website. So I'll go with that.

If you like delicate, multi-faceted, teas, this is for you. I rate it a 9.

 

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Glenburn Estate First Flush 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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