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!
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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