Tea: Darjeeling

A Darjeeling Black Tea from Twinings

Picture of Darjeeling
Brand:Twinings
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Teabag
# Ratings:10 View All
Product page:Darjeeling

Review of Darjeeling

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5 of 101 of 52 of 537 of 100
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This is my first review, so please be understanding.

My tea preferences:
Black tea: milk & 1 sugar
I don't usually like smokey teas

I LOVE Darjeeling. Darjeeling is the kind of tea that made me a tea fanatic! I find it light and filled with flavor. The first Twining's Darjeeling box that I tried, I enjoyed, however I found it to be less delicately complex than the average Darjeeling. It seemed darker to me, less flavorful and less sweet.

I also usually really enjoying the Twining's brand. However the second box of Twining's Darjeeling that I bought really put me off. I felt like there was something wrong with the taste- it almost seemed salty and metallic. My kettle hasn't ever produced a metallic taste in the past or since, I stored my tea in the box- not in any metallic container, and I simply couldn't figure out if I had done something wrong or if I somehow had just gotten a box full of unpleasant tea bags that were not in line with the usual taste or quality of the brand. I've experienced a similar taste one other time in two years in a blend of Assam. Needless to say, I am unable to bring myself to buy Twining's Darjeeling tea anymore, though I'm sure the brand as a whole usually delivers a much higher quality.

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Comments:

Alex Zorach wrote:
on May 22nd, 2014

I also found this one to be darker and much harsher-tasting than typical for a Darjeeling.

I tried a very fresh sample of this tea recently, sent directly from Twinings and I consumed it shortly after I got it, and my experience was very similar to yours, so I think it may just be this particular tea. I agree that it's below the typical quality of Twinings.

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