Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea
The Makaibari people of India’s Darjeeling Province built their first tea factory in 1859, which means they were growing world class teas according to the rules of permaculture long before permaculture was hip . In such a system, tea is just one of many naturally growing sub-tropical plants under the cool forest canopy – keeping the soil and the tea it produces consistent. In the case of our remarkable tea, this means a consistently nuttier, less astringent flavor than other Darjeeling Teas.
This is a refreshingly different Darjeeling. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love almost every Darjeeling I’ve tried – some more than others, and occasionally I do come across one that should be ashamed to call itself a Darjeeling, but other than those rare tea experiences, I generally enjoy a good cup of Darjeeling.
But, as I said, this one is a bit different – and in this case, different is good. The nutty tones of this Darjeeling are quite remarkable. Typically, I rejoice in the wine-like muscatel qualities of a Darjeeling, but here, I am reveling in the nutty characteristics of this Darjeeling.
The sip begins with a sweet nutty flavor that lasts through to mid-sip. It is at this point that a brief nut-like bitterness arrives, which is almost immediately washed over by a light, sweet fruity note. This is followed by a hint of wine-like muscatel at the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and nutty with a slight fruit note. While there is some astringency to this Darjeeling, it is much lighter than a typical Darjeeling.
This is a delightful Darjeeling, one I am happy I had the opportunity to try! As a company, I have nothing but good to say about Golden Moon Tea. They are prompt and courteous when responding to questions when I have them, and they ship very fast. And I think their teas are fantastic too!