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Sylvia

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

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 20th, 2012

This tea has a distinct peachy flavor that I think I've tastes in other Darjeeling teas, and I don't like that flavor in teas. It has a little bitter aftertaste, which I don't like either, and it doesn't have a very strong black tea flavor that I usually like in strong black teas. It has a nice, interesting aroma, thou...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 17th, 2012

I initially liked the flavor of this tea, but the longer I sipped it the less I found it appealing. After brewing it for about 3 minutes I found that it had a sweet taste and was light when I began drinking it. As time passed and I continued drinking it, the flavor became more and more bitter and left a heavy taste ...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Tumsong SFTGFOP1 Second Flush from Rare Tea Republic

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2012

A dark, smooth, full-bodied tea with a highly vegetal character and a pleasing, wintergreen quality.

Fairly complex...much less of the typical fruity tones characteristic of Darjeeling. Instead, there are biscuity-tones. Rare Tea Republic describes the aroma as "jam and sap" and I think this was a good description...

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MantraTea

(15 reviews)
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Puttabong Estate SFTGFOP1 Cl/Queen 1st Flush (DJ-36) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 27th, 2012

Darjeeling first Flush Puttabong Estate- When infused, the saddle brown leaves give off a pleasing aroma of fruit and wintergreen. The flavor is rich and balanced with fruit notes that linger in the finish. I will give 74 /100. Almost an Oolong type.

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Gopaldhara Estate FTGFOP1 In-between (DJ-35) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling In-Between – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2012

Steeping 5 minutes results in nutty and fruity flavour that is long lasting. The tea leaves are fine rolled with a beautiful golden amber liquor and it is more complete in second cup. The tea is little sweet in between and plane at the back. This tea is medium as compared to other darjeeling FTGFOP1 grade or other spec...

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Singbulli Estate Darj. SFTGFOP1 (DJ-234) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 26th, 2012

This clonal, classic, superfine, muscatel tea is an outstanding Darjeeling. I steeped the The Tea for 5 minutes in a temperature of 195 degree celsius. The Tea can be drink without milk. The base color is seems to be like red wine and out rims bright yellow a character of autumn flush, The steeped leaves were coppery w...

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Makaibari Estate FTGFOP1S Second Flush (DJ-142) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 26th, 2012

This seconf flush darjeeling single estate tea from makaibari is known as rajah collection or the collection of lord of darjeeling who is the 4th generation estate owner. this second flush darjeeling makaibari is the true muscatel with fine leaves and in short Muscatel

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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

(1437 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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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

(1437 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.

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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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