Darjeeling Second Flush Black Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

Darjeeling_2nd_FlushTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

This 2nd Flush Darjeeling black tea is harvested in June and embodies aromatic deep earthen leaves that brew a gentle golden amber, full bodied, subtly sweet, and satisfying cup every time. So gentle and smooth, our Darjeeling 2nd Flush is the perfect afternoon tea. Best served hot.

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Taster’s Review:

This 2nd Flush Darjeeling from my May’s Tea Box from Simple Loose Leaf is absolutely LOVELY!  It has a lovely, well-rounded taste with beautiful fruit notes.  I am tasting that lovely muscat grape note that evokes thoughts of a fine wine.

Of course, since I don’t typically drink wine, I mostly just imagine that this is what a fine wine would taste like if it were served hot and the alcohol content was somehow removed.  But it has that smooth, uplifting, grape-y note that hits the palate around mid-sip and toward the finish becomes a bit more like a black currant.  Delightful.

The flavor is sweet and smooth and there is a slightly tangy astringency toward the tail.  I’ve found that with some adjustments in brewing parameters, I encounter less astringency with my Darjeeling teas than I would if I would have gone with a boiling temperature and 3 – 4 minutes brew time.  Instead, I brew a Darjeeling at 195°F and steep for just 2 1/2 minutes.  This offers a very pleasing flavor without a strong astringent bite that Darjeeling teas often have.  There is still some dry astringency to this, but it isn’t quite as obvious as it would have been if I steeped it hotter or longer.

This is a very fine Darjeeling tea.  A nice sweetness that contrasts nicely with hints of earth and wood.  Juicy fruit notes meld with light floral tones.  A really pleasant Darjeeling – this is one I’d recommend to those looking for a nice afternoon tea to serve while curling up to a good book or to offer to guests.

A really good Darjeeling.

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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