Leaf Type: Black Darjeeling
Where to buy: Canton Tea Co.
We are delighted to include this as one of our first examples of top grade Indian tea. It is a magnificent high grown Darjeeling from Margaret’s Hope, a tea garden that’s known and loved the world over. The long twisty leaves are a delightful mix of chocolate and copper browns with an abundance of silvery tips. It produces a bright gold liquor with a malty aroma, a well rounded flavour and a sweet, fruity aftertaste. This fresh, brisk tea denotes a well-produced, high grade Darjeeling. We only have a few kilos and then there is no more available – anywhere.
I love Canton Tea Company! Every time I have one of their amazing teas, I become more impressed by them. Quite simply, they carry some of the very best teas available!
This Second Flush Darjeeling is a perfect example of what I mean. Produced in the Margaret’s Hope tea garden, this Darjeeling is so delicious! To say that this Darjeeling is different would be an understatement. First of all, we have the dry leaves which are quite long and elegant in appearance. Most Darjeeling teas tend to be chopped rather small. But not this one.
The brewed liquor possesses a light yet pleasing fragrance. It smells fresh with notes of fruit and distant hints of flower. Quite lovely. But the most remarkable thing about this tea is the flavor. It is one of the very best Darjeeling teas I’ve yet to taste – and I’ve tasted quite a few.
There is a malty overtone to the cup – which is a flavor that I don’t usually get from Darjeeling tea, but I’m tasting it now. It’s a rather remarkable surprise, indeed!
The taste is clean and crisp and there is very little astringency to this particular Darjeeling (another nice surprise, as I usually find Darjeeling tea to have a bit more astringency than this). There is a sweet undertone to this that is honey-like in flavor. Melded with the honey-like tones is a delicious fruit flavor that tastes a bit like grapes.
The second infusion is just as delicious as the first. It doesn’t have the same malty note that I got in the first infusion. Instead, I’m getting a stronger taste from the honey tones as well as a more pronounced fruity flavor – this time I can taste hints of currant and even a little bit of crisp apple!
Overall, the flavor is a complex, vibrant cup that I am really enjoying. I recommend this highly to all Darjeeling enthusiasts… I may have just found the ULTIMATE when it comes to Darjeeling!