Leaf Type: Black Darjeeling
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Bright, lively and full of flavor. Has a lovely muscatel character with a hint of nuttiness, an excellent 1st flush Darjeeling.
This is a very unusual Darjeeling. It is almost like a combination of Darjeeling and Assam teas! It has many of the characteristics I expect from a Darjeeling, but also some of the characteristics of a high quality Assam. Interesting… very interesting, indeed!
I can immediately sense the muscatel – I can smell the wine-like notes as well as taste them. But where this differs from a typical Darjeeling is that it isn’t as light-bodied. This tea is a little more solid and strong. Not quite as hefty as an Assam, but certainly not as sparkling as a Darjeeling. This seems to fall somewhere in the middle, making for a delightful medium-bodied tea.
There is a delicious undertone of malt to this tea, as well as a lovely honey-caramel sweetness. There is also a decidedly masculine note to this tea, almost “leathery” in presentation. There is also a toothsome quality to it – which is quite different than most Darjeeling teas that I’ve encountered. Like I said, this is really an unusual Darjeeling – unusual, but delicious.
This is a tea that I would recommend to the lovers of both Darjeeling and Assam. It makes for a great morning tea for the Darjeeling fan, and a great late afternoon tea for the Assam enthusiast. And for someone who just loves tea… you should really try this one!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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