Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"very mellow, with oh-so-gentle notes of rice and hay and a modest but pervasive sweetness"|
I feel compelled to start this review by saying that this green tea, from Darjeeling, is nothing at all like Japanese or Chinese green tea, whether in terms of appearance or taste. This tea is its own unique entity. It is further unique in that it also doesn't taste much like the traditional Darjeeling black teas either. The dry leaves are similar in appearance to the traditional Darjeeling black teas in that they are short and somewhat curly, with various shades of tans and green throughout the mix. As recommended by the Darjeeling Xpress website, I used steaming (but not boiling) water and infused the leaves for three minutes. The tea is a golden-tan color. The aroma of the prepared tea is very faint, but it is clean and refreshing, with very gentle hay notes present. The tea is very mild in flavor. If you are looking for the grassy and vegetal notes typically associated with Chinese and Japanese green teas, then you will be disappointed, as there is none of that here. Instead, it is very mellow, with oh-so-gentle notes of rice and hay and a modest but pervasive sweetness. The tea has no bitterness whatsoever (although I suspect that if it was prepared using boiling water, there might be some bitterness due to improper preparation). I see this as an ideal afternoon tea, or even as a refreshing iced tea. Given its light body and rather mild flavor profile, I personally wouldn't use this as a morning tea, as I prefer teas with a little more "oomph" to get me going in the morning. I did enjoy the light and clean-tasting nature of this tea, and while I would recommend it to anyone looking for a refreshing new brew, I do also note that it lacks anything extremely noteworthy.
— To purchase Darjeeling TeaXpress Goomtee Green Tea, 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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