Leaf Type: Black (Darjeeling)
Where to Buy: Ahmad Tea
Known as the ‘ Champagne of Teas’, Darjeeling tea is characterised by its delicate taste and shimmering golden colour. Enjoy our wonderfully light Darjeeling, carefully grown in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Learn more about this tea here.
I just love savoring a cup of Darjeeling tea in the afternoon. The lighter taste of the Darjeeling just seems to be perfect for afternoon sipping, it’s delicate and sweet and seems to sparkle on the tongue, providing just enough of that “lift” that you need this time of day without overstimulating.
This Darjeeling Tea from Ahmad Tea is really quite lovely. It has that sweet, wine-like taste that I’m looking for in a Darjeeling. It has just a hint of muscatel and a pleasing woodsy overtone and subtle spice notes. It is crisp and indeed seems to sparkle as I sip it. I don’t know if this is the reason that they call Darjeeling the “Champagne of Teas” but, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.
While this tea does have some astringency to it, I’m not finding it too overbearing. In fact, I find the sip to be quite smooth from start to finish, and the tangy astringency – while not quite an afterthought – is not forceful with its presence. The aftertaste is sweet and with a piquant currant flavor, reminiscent of a sweet wine.
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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