Leaf Type: Black Darjeeling
Where to Buy: California Tea House
Introducing our new 2nd Flush, Organic Darjeeling, also known as the champagne of teas… This USDA organically certified Darjeeling is a very fancy, high-end tea and we are doing everything we can to keep it at a nice price. It has a natural aroma of fruit and muscat for those who love dessert wine.
More than any other tea, I think that Darjeeling reminds me of a fine wine. Yes, I know that Darjeeling is referred to as the “champagne” of teas. And there are certain qualities of a Darjeeling that are quite champagne-like, especially that crisp, almost sparkling quality to a Darjeeling that you won’t find in other teas. But it is the fruity, muscatel notes that inspire comparisons to a top notch wine.
This Organic Darjeeling from California Tea House is an outstanding Darjeeling. It tastes crisp and vibrant and full of flavor. I taste strong notes of black currant and sweet grape. For those somewhat new to teas (or more specifically, to Darjeeling teas), this is one of those Darjeeling teas that could be used as an excellent example of what that mysterious muscatel note in Darjeeling really is. Sweet, fruity, and even possessing hints of sharp floral notes, this is truly a remarkable Darjeeling.
The astringent note at the end is dry, readying the palate for the next sip. While I often consider a Darjeeling to be very autumn-esque, I am finding it to be a perfect tea to enjoy on an early spring day as well. It needs no additions – I think Darjeeling teas should be enjoyed without sugar or milk because I think they interfere with some of the delicate nuances of the tea. However, I do think that the wine-like qualities of this Darjeeling make for a perfect pairing with Blue Cheese and Fig Crackers from O Pair. The sweetness of the muscatel notes bring the more elusive flavor of the fig in these crackers to the surface, while the savory notes of the blue cheese highlight some of the more savory tones of this tea. This is a perfectly delightful afternoon snack! YUM!
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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