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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Rituals

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2024

Here's another new Rituals tea for me (and this website), also first sampled at the Days Inn in Hays, KS. As usual, and even though Hays water isn't bad, I also hauled a bag home to try on my well water for fair comparison with other ratings.

Upon ripping open the foil-lined package, the smell that greeted my nos...

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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Darjeeling (Loose) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 5th, 2024

This tea is really good! It has a nice bready aroma and a delicate but full bodied flavor with chocolatey hints. The only reason I'm not giving it an even higher score is that it is a bit basic, however I still love basic teas when they are really high quality and good like this one. This tea is not too astringent or b...

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)

No. 1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2024

I decided to try something different. Instead of getting Upton's iced tea blend (which I like a lot) that is made from Ceylons and Darjeelings, why not get some Ceylons and Darjeelings and mix them together? This way I can also get to know the individual teas. This one did not let me down. It is on the mild side, b...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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Darjeeling (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2023

The photo is from Whittard's website where (as of this writing) 50 round, stringless bags sell for USD $9.50, not too bad for what I presume to be a decent-quality Darjeeling. [They also sell loose-leaf Darjeeling.] Mine came from a 5-bag sampler pack, each bag being of the fold-over type stapled to a string and tag....

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)

Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Premium Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2023

This is a light and easy Darjeeling which tastes fine, but is a little lacking in body and flavor. It blends well with milk or lemon. The lightly sweet, earthy aroma of the tea leaves is its best point. Despite the impressive name, this is a pretty ordinary tea, and sells for an average price.

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Balasun Estate Second Flush Darjeeling TGBOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

35 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 28th, 2022

This presents a very pleasant aroma but very little flavor. It is a mild, bland Darjeeling that should have been offered at a low price.

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Singbulli Estate Second Flush (2020 EX-38) Organic Darjeeling SFTGFOP1 (TD148) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 24th, 2021

Part of Upton's Great Tea Race Collection, this Darjeeling crosses the finish line with a fine aroma and impressive flavor. There are notes of caramel, fresh leaves, and mild tannins. It is very expensive however - it costs 3 times the price of an ordinary Darjeeling, but does not offer 3 times the quality imo. Nice...

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Mr Bamsen

(217 reviews)
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Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Mirik Valley First Flush Organic (No. 226) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a sample included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and consisting of fine Darjeeling leaves in all shades of green and some brown ones, too. Pours clear lightish amber (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of Darjeeling tea leaves, leafy and a little malty....

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Darjeeling No. 9 TGFOP1 Himalaya First Flush (No. 215) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 26th, 2020

Half-litre cup at home, made from fine small green, brown and yellow leaves. Pours clear peach yellow (against white china) with no sediment. Very mild aroma of fresh leaves, much faintier than the loose leaves themselves emit. Mild, leafy but fresh and pure flavour of black tea, with floral touches. A delicate palate,...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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Organic Darjeeling Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2020

Similarly to my review of TJ's Darjeeling white tea, I hope this isn't very representative of Darjeeling greens; for it lacks aroma and flavor. The dry-bag aroma is basically nil, with the in-cup scent only very faint. Only the wet bag has something resembling a smell I would associate with green tea, and it's still ...

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Organic Spring Blossom White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

41 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 10th, 2020

This was my first Darjeeling white tea, and it's about as impressive as sitting through an hour-long staff meeting with a well-advertised, nicely dressed, but ultimately monotonic guest speaker droning on about an uninteresting subject.

At first, I was intrigued. The best part of the experience was the dry-bag ar...

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Whiskey

(45 reviews)
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Organic Darjeeling from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 7th, 2020

I suspected something was wrong with the quality (or lack thereof) of this tea when I opened up the tin and there was no scent. (Side note: The best by date isn't for about 2 years, so that's not the issue.) Some teas have a very, very light scent, though. So, I tried to suspend judgment and brewed a cup as the packagi...

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JGS1122

(128 reviews)
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Earl Grey Imperial from Mariage Freres

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2020

I enjoyed this tea. This tea has a nice light yellowish amber color. Mild in taste with a nice hint of bergamot. Does not linger on the tongue. Milk, cream, or sugar would probably over power this tea.

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Difflugia

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

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 21st, 2019

The dry tea is chopped up quite fine. It looks like a typical Darjeeling, having a range of colors from light green to a dark brown, indicating a range of oxidations. Taylor's puts 2.5 grams of tea in their bags, splitting the difference between the typical American 2 grams and the 3 grams of many English bagged teas.
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Cheese

(1 review)
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Darjeeling Avongrove Second Flush Organic from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 17th, 2019

Loved it. Smoother than a standard black darjeeling, but same iconic after taste.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2019

We first found this in an estate-sale pantry. Then my wife bought another box, because she enjoyed it as a morning and midday tea, when she didn't want something quite as potent as her favorite Assam or Irish breakfast blends. Loath to pilfer her teas and disharmonize domestic tranquility, I've just had a couple bags...

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Difflugia

(170 reviews)
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Darjeeling (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 4th, 2019

At first glance, the tea looks odd for Twinings. Twinings's loose teas are usually broken leaf, but the pieces are much larger and appear to be better quality than what goes into the teabags. The Darjeeling is different. The loose tea pieces are tiny and uniform and look exactly like what goes into the teabags. Like mo...

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Darjeeling Tea from Tradition

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 12th, 2019

The oversized bags contain nearly 3g of medium-sized (for loose leaf tea) broken leaf pieces. It's definitely not a typical Darjeeling, though. Most Darjeelings are less oxidized than other black teas and tend to have more vegetal or floral aroma notes. This one's different. There's no green apparent on the leaves and ...

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)
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Namring Estate FTGFOP1 In-Between (DJ-44) from Upton Tea Imports

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

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

2 - A fairly light smooth Darjeeling. All right but seems overpriced.

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spaflam

(179 reviews)
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Darjeeling Estate Organic Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

56 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Kind of expensive - and it is NOT a first flush (light/sweet) Darjeeling - but it is good. Not a holy grail but a decent variety for Darjeeling - and I love Wegman's, so there's that. Twinings bagged Darjeeling (likely Autumnal Flush) is darker but smoother. This one (Wegman's Darjeeling) comes loose and brews up fu...

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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Cheap Darjeeling? How is this possible? I am a first flush Darjeeling kinda gal and Twinings actual makes a (definitely not first flush, but good enough)bagged Darjeeling that is CHEAP and easy to find. AI can't even believe my office is stocking this - and a also Irish and English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Orange & Spi...

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)
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Organic Green Darjeeling Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

55 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

Fairly sharp, light green tea. Not bad, but not much depth to it.

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Difflugia

(170 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The dry tea has the same basic smell of other blended Darjeelings. It's smells of dry leaves in autumn, a bit oaky and of raw pecans.

I tend to find Darjeeling teas to be somewhat more delicate than I'd prefer. This one is no exception, but I also wouldn't call it weak. It's lightly astringent with a very mild bitte...

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Darjeeling, Puttabong Estate, 1st Flush from Simpson & Vail

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 25th, 2018

A tricky-to-brew tea that reminded me a lot of green oolongs from Taiwan, and required a lower water temperature to brew to satisfaction.

The dry leaf, quite broken, is an intense green color, like a lot of good Darjeeling first flush. It looks exactly like pictured in the company photo (I appreciate honest photogra...

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Alex

(45 reviews)

Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

With the most prominent notes being pineapple, cranberry, and lemongrass, this tea is almost like drinking tart fruit juice. I love it because of that, but I can see others disliking it for the same reason. I taste a bit of honey as well. First flush is stereotyped as floral, but I don't get a lot of that here. There a...

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