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MantraTea

(15 reviews)
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Organic Darjeeling Second Flush from Equal Exchange

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 26th, 2012

This is indeed a darjeeling second flush but its not muscatel all darjeeling second flush are not Muscatel. Only Makaibari has a house patent of Muscatel flavour. Indeed this tea has all characters of a 2nd flush, but not a muscatel.

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Goomtee Estate, Darjeeling, 2nd Flush, Muscatel from TeaSource

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2012

Goomtee Second Flush Golden Tip- Review The chocolate-plum notes with notes of almond and lemon. It began as salt on the tip of the tongue, then turned to pure honeyed plums and muscatel on the middle and back, with a dry, astringent finish.

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Organic Makaibari Estate Muscatel Darjeeling from ITO EN

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 26th, 2012

Muscatel taste in Tea is only represented by Makaibari Tea Estate, a lot of Tea estates and company have wrong connotation about Muscatel and they claim as their own. Muscatel taste is generated only in Second Flush Darjeeling Tea, all second flush doesnot represent the Muscatel. The word Muscatel in terms of tea is th...

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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel from Rishi Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 26th, 2012

I infused the Tea for 4/5 minutes and a boil of 195 195˚F the tea has fruity flavours indeed and floral aromas in the second cup .

The Muscatel is a house patent of Makaibari Tea Estate. The true flavour of what we know as Muscatel comes only from Muscatel. The Makaibari TE have a Muscatel because of the soil alti...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Sungma 2nd Flush Darjeeling from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 24th, 2012

The aroma of the dry leaf of this tea really got my attention: rich and strongly aromatic, fruity, deep, but also light and fresh. I received this and the Singbulli first flush as samples from Harney and Sons.

Like the Singbulli, I prefer brewing this tea for 5 minutes, as recommended. However, I also experimented...

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Singbulli Darjeeling DJ41 from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 22nd, 2012

After brewing this tea several times, I cautiously dole out yet another perfect score, the second one for a black tea.

Michael Harney sent me this sample after reading a post I wrote on my tea blog about black teas I found interesting, and I can't help but wonder if he hand-picked this one based on my descriptions, ...

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Monks Reserve-Castelton Estate from Fresh Darjeeling Tea

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 3rd, 2011

I don't know how to describe this tea. It tastes a little bit fruity, kind of peach-like maybe. It has a sort of smoky aroma. I don't think it's quite my cup of tea. It's a little too weird.

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Darjeeling (Loose) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 15th, 2011

Note: This is for the loose leaf version of this tea>
There are many cheap Darjeeling teas out there, but I doubt you will find one this good at this price. I picked up 10 ounces for less that $5 at my local Indian Grocery, and was pleasantly surprised. Good flavor and just the right hint of muscatel in the very pleas...

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 11th, 2011

This tea is okay. I'm not sure I like Darjeeling very much. I'm starting to think I don't, in general. It has a weird flavor that I don't particularly like. This one isn't too bad compared to other ones I've tried, though. I drank it with cream and sugar.

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Darjeeling from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 9th, 2011

This tea has a sort of vegetable-like aroma that I don't like much. It's interesting, though. It has a kind of peachy flavor. I'm not a big fan of fruity teas, so I don't like it a lot, but it's okay. I added cream and sugar.

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JGS1122

(94 reviews)
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Orthodox TGFOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 29th, 2011

My first Darjeeling. The flavor is subtle, with a hint of smokiness. Very enjoyable.

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2011

Very dark for a Darjeeling, but still relatively light body and flavor. Complex and interesting aroma, including grapes, a pleasing hint of a tobacco-like quality that I find is rare in Darjeelings, and some tones of toasted rye bread. Flavor very smooth.

Good for two flavorful infusions.

Another good tea from ...

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Thurbo Estate TGBOP Cl/Tip First Flush (DJ-25) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 21st, 2011

This was an interesting tea right from the first sip. Although there are some of the typical aromas characteristic of Darjeeling first flush, the overall character is somewhat different from any other teas I have had before.

Greener character, and aroma is more like Indian green teas than black teas: herbaceous ton...

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Darjeeling Estate Organic Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 6th, 2011

I suspect this is from Makaibari estate, not just because of the fair trade and organic certification, but because it bears the familiar aroma of black teas from that garden.

This particular batch is exceptionally fruity, one of the frutiest Darjeelings I've tried yet. There is an intense grape aroma, so sweet and ...

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Finest Darjeeling from Jacksons of Piccadilly

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 17th, 2011

Generous on the leaf--the teabag reads 2.5 grams, an amount similar to what I'd use for one cup when using loose-leaf tea, and it makes me realize how much a lot of companies skimp on the leaf.

This is a broken-leaf Darjeeling, with smallish pieces of leaf . The leaf is highly heterogeneous in color: many of the le...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Arya Clonal Exclusive [DJ 125] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 7th, 2011

I listed value as only a 3 because you either have to order $60 worth of tea for free shipping or pay a very large shipping cost directly from India. Aside from that, this is such a good tea. It is the first one I have had from Darjeeling that smells like toasted peanuts. It tastes nutty and earthy and toasty. Not a...

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Bartleby Scrivener

(1 review)
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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel from Rishi Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2011

My wife's favorite tea. It is indeed fruity and floral. I'm still developing my tea tastebuds but this one is very tasty. It does have a bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Better than other Darjeelings I've tried.

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Darjeeling Margaret's Hope Autumnal from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

The liquor has a beautiful floral aroma with that sweet darjeeling muscatel scent. In taste, it is not as delicate as a first flush. It is bold, but without much of the floral notes that 2nd flushes usually have. It does have the soft mouthfeel described by the vendor, but I did not detect any woody notes. The tea is a...

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Anne

(34 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Tazo Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2011

I find this tea muscular but not particularly illuminating. Do not oversteep. Do not expect any kind of tea revelation, either. Passable.

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Darjeeling Autumnal from SerendipiTea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2011

The tea produces a nice golden cup. It has a strong astringent taste, and of course the muscatel that I've grown to love from Darjeelings. While it has the distinctive Darjeeling aroma, it does not have any delicate floral notes. the leaves are nice and large, and you don't need much to get a dark full bodied cup. The ...

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Darjeeling from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2011

Each tea bag is a 'pyrmaid infuser'. It is a good way to let the tea breathe a little bit, and spread out. The leaves have a lovely sweet floral scent. I steeped the tea for the 4 minutes recommended on the box. The tea has a faint floral fragrance, along with a hint of that Darjeeling muscatel. These aromas translate...

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Tea Snob

(11 reviews)
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Darjeeling Green from Shanti Tea

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The liqueur is a light amber color, almost looking like it has no flavoring to it. It smells floral and fruity. The flower smells like rose but it tastes like jasmine. There is a lightly earthen tone at the back of the smell that is similar to many black darjeelings.

The taste is started off with a overtone of jasmi...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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New Moon Darjeeling from The Tea Spot

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 30th, 2010

On its own, this is a kind of ho-hum tea, tastingkind of woody and over-roasted, without any grapiness to speak of. However, I added some cream to it and that rounded out all the rough edges and made it sweeter and good enough to have 3 cups in a row.

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Darjeeling Vidyaranya Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

You need to treat this one as a green and only brew it for 2 minutes. I was not impressed with it hot, but as a cold-brewed tea in the fridge for 5 hours, it was lovely, with a full mouth feel and a somewhat nutty, malty flavor. Still, nothing distict about it and I won't get it again. I find many first flush Darjee...

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The Lazy Literatus

(6 reviews)
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Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 21st, 2010

Dear...God. Probably one of the best black teas I've ever had the pleasure to stick my tongue in. It embodies everything a Darjeeling should.

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