Second Flush Darjeeling

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:DAVIDsTEA
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Darjeeling, India
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 7, 2018

Commercial Description

A sweet and earthy Darjeeling that's deliciously complex and astringent.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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I think this is an average to above-average, if a bit unmemorable, darjeeling.

Steeping the tea the traditional way using DAVIDsTEA's instructions gives a pretty bold mouthfeel. It is quite astringent, with good body, and little bitterness. The aroma is quite pleasant and very much like a darjeeling, earthy with sweet muscatel notes. However, I find it to be a bit weak and always wish it were more intense to match the body and astringency. Using more leaves or steeping longer would only result in a more astringent brew that I don't favor.

To experiment, I also tried brewing this the gongfu cha way, and steeped for around 15 sec. It's obviously not traditional, but I actually found it quite a bit more interesting. For the first 3-4 steeps, I thought the bright, floral, muscatel flavor was quite prominent, and not muddled as I find happens with the traditional steep. The body is much lighter this way, with no bitterness, but there is still quite the astringency, a tad more than what I'd prefer, but its what I expected for this kind of tea. The flavor carries over for more steepings (I did it for around 8 times), and later ones have less bright flavor, and more of a comforting earthy flavor thats more reminiscent of cheap darjeeling tea, without the bitterness.

I think the price is very reasonable for what you get. However, I can't see myself buying this often, especially if I were steeping the traditional way.
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