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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 1st Flush Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 26th, 2010

I never cease to be amazed by what comes out of Makaibari estate.

The dry brownish leaves with a few greener leaves mixed in turn noticeably greener upon brewing--most of them become the color of a green tea, with a few olive-colored ones mixed in. The cup is a deep golden hue, no darker than some green teas.

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Sir William of the Leaf

(10 reviews)
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Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 1st Flush Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

For someone who does not enjoy first flush darjeeling teas, this was very impressive! On the company description it tells about a punchy astringency, but I did not find it in the brew, which is one of the attributes I loved! For a Darjeeling fan, I think it offers something new. For a person just delving into the world...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Darjeeling Choice Teabags from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

I tried this in a Peet's in the Philadelphia airport. I let it brew 2 minutes. Peet's said they normally include two teabags but I only used one and saved the other for later--and I'm glad because this tea would have been far too strong.

This is unusually strong for a Darjeeling, but this could just be due to a ge...

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Megan E

(6 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 26th, 2010

This tea is fully decent - I'd say it's better than what most of Twinings puts out. That said, it's not a great tea. The smell is blah. The tea tastes great at the first sip, but then lingers with a bit of cardboard. I think a little bit of lemon or mint would fix that though.

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No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 25th, 2010

This tea smells simply luscious - it's scent has a mossy, earthy quality, with some fruity hints on top. It tastes lovely iced - it starts out with a deep flavor, and then has a sweet aftertaste that lingers a bit. Even though I used a good amount of tea to brew this, the flavor is still light.

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Arya Ruby (Tippy) also known as 'Moonbeam' 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

this seems like a well-balanced 2nd flush darjeeling. i imagine that this is basically what an archetypical 2nd flush tea should be. some muskiness, nuttiness, bitterness, and astringency. no single element is really overwhelming.
good tea

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Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

the dry leaves have a chocolaty and nutty aroma.
the musky flavor and aroma does come out when brewed. a somewhat nutty flavor. a fairly well balanced second-flush darjeeling at a pretty good value. i drink this one regularly.

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Risheehat SFTGFOP1 Wiry [DJ 562] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

very fruity indeed; it's one of the most naturally fruity teas i've tried. very pleasant flavor.
not a lot of bitterness.
definitely a tea i return to frequently.

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Goomtee FTGFOP1 Yellow Tea 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

the dry leaves and liquor have a rich, chocolate-like aroma.
i brewed ~10oz, 195F, 3min.
somewhat nutty flavor, but quite bitter.
not terribly impressed with this one.

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Arya Topaz - Organic Darjeeling Oolong Tea 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 28th, 2010

Thank you Synth for sending me this one, and Marlena for sending some more. =)

This tea is VERY difficult to brew well, and is affected in major ways by subtle differences in water temperature and steeping time. That said, I've tried brewing this one multiple ways and I've gotten significantly better at brewing it,...

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(27 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 22nd, 2010

i am just your average tea drinker, not really a connoisseur, just a chick who loves tea. this is the only darjeeling i've ever tried, but i really loved it. i remember the first cup i ever drank, it was quite an experience. i was very impressed. the flavor was so... intricate, somehow.

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel from Rishi Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma:
dry leaves: prominent grape muscatel note. floral. somewhat sweet.
liquor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel.

flavor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel. has some bitterness and astringency. slightly acidic. very tasty.

in the semi-near future, i'll have several darjeelings to sample. after i become mor...

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Organic Darjeeling from California Tea House

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma:
dry leaves: spicy. just a hint of fruity muscatel.
liquor: rich, faintly sweet

flavor: somewhat bitter, slightly astringent, very faintly sweet and fruity.

while this is a good tea, it's nothing special.

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Kathy

(5 reviews)
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Season's Pick Tindharia FTGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

This makes a pleasant cup, and Upton's Season's Picks are a great value.

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 16th, 2010

Fruity, even for a Darjeeling, and mellow, except for some very strong objectionable qualities that emerge. There's a harshness in the aroma that I could do without...the aftertaste is also very tannic even though at first this tea tastes smooth. Astringent for a Darjeeling.

Disappointing. Definitely recognizable...

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Rob S

(5 reviews)
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Berry Black™ - Raspberry Darjeeling Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

Certainly one of the better bagged teas I've tried and one I really enjoyed.

The fruit taste can get a little strong if the tea is steeped more than about 4 minutes, i've found that 3-4 minutes with hotter water is just about perfect.

Nice aroma, and well balanced, the fruit does not overpower the darjeeling fl...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Darvilles of Windsor

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 10th, 2010

This tea's complexity surprised me! Unusually vegetal for a black tea, with a hint of savory qualities. Dark in color, and full-bodied, but delicate. Fairly bitter, especially in the aftertaste...moderately tannic and astringent.

The aroma of this tea would place it on par with some of the better single-estate Da...

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Rene

(18 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2010

This tea is incredibly resilient, it is hard to over brew! While it's fragrance is fair-good it tastes flat.

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Alex Zorach

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Darjeeling (Loose) from Hampstead Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 6th, 2010

This seemingly straightforward Darjeeling has quickly become one of my favorite everyday teas. Although "typical" in many respects, it is surprisingly complex...the aroma has many different aspects to it: a fruitiness, a hint of a rice-like quality, some floral tones, a bit of spice, a suggestion of fall leaves, and s...

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(1 review)
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Darjeeling (Loose) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 1st, 2010

Ahmad is one of my favourite tea brands. It has never let me down. Their Darjeeling is no exception; difficult as it is to brew a perfect Darjeeling, they have found the right proportion for a cup.

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Castleton Estate TGBOP Ch. First Flush (DJ-25) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 8th, 2010

Very green character, even more than typical for a first-flush, both in the appearance of the leaves and the aroma. The cup is a deep amber color. The aroma is light and mostly floral, almost reminiscent of queen Anne's lace blossoms. On my second brewing I did detect a faint suggestion of spearmint in the aroma, an...

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Steinthal Estate TGBOP First Flush (DJ-25) Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 5th, 2010

Disappointing for a first flush and even among broken-leaf Darjeelings. There's a heaviness to the flavor, even though it is smooth. I'm detecting neither the "fresh floral note" nor the "hint of citrus".

I'm not sure what to recommend with the brewing; if you go longer this tea becomes heavy, although not too bit...

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Golden Wire - GopalDhara from Fresh Darjeeling Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 2nd, 2010

Like the other teas I've tried from Fresh Darjeeling tea, this is totally unlike any other black tea I've ever tried.

Aroma very complex...malty, and much more vegetal than most black teas, and with some savory qualities, a hint of smokiness. Reminds me of a tippy assam more than any other Darjeeling I've tried. I...

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Monks Reserve-Castelton Estate from Fresh Darjeeling Tea

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2009

Like the other teas I've tried from Fresh Darjeeling Tea, this tea is completely unlike anything I've ever tried! It is also the only Darjeeling oolong I've had that is rich and full-bodied.

Brews a dark color, darker than some Darjeelings I've seen classified as "black" teas. Malty, with a savory quality to it, a...

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Soureni Organic Oolong from Fresh Darjeeling Tea

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 29th, 2009

This tea is unlike any other I have tried!

Cup is very light in color, and aroma very vegetal and somewhat floral, with a clean, honey-like fragrance. Tones of asparagus and spice. Certain aspects of the aroma are reminiscent of a Tung Ting, but overall the tea is crisper, cooler in quality, more bitter, and less ...

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