Darjeeling (Loose) - Organic - Fair Trade

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Brand:Hampstead Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Darjeeling, India
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Darjeeling (Loose)

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

Our signature, award-winning Darjeeling Black Tea from the Makaibari single Estate in Darjeeling, India. A light, afternoon tea with muscatel and fruity tones.

Brewing Instructions: (from Hampstead Tea)

Use one sachet or level teaspoon of tea leaves per person. Brew with freshly boiled water and infuse for up to three minutes.

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Reviewer pic43 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
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My daughter brought this tea back from a trip to England, so my "value" rating may be biased by the excessive price she paid in a souvenir store.

In short: not the best nor the worst tea I've had...tolerable..slightly below average. The flavor isn't bad, but isn't strong enough, and it just doesn't have a lot of body. Even after almost 10 minutes of brewing, it tasted rather weak and watery. Maybe I got a weak batch? Maybe I'll amend this review if I get another tin to try someday, and it is better.
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Reviewer pic88 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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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 some fresh herbaceous tones as well.

The leaf is highly heterogeneous in color, mostly dark brown and tan, but with significant amounts of light olive-green and silvery bits. Perhaps this explains the diversity of qualities in the aroma: it's like this tea combines aspects of black, white, green, and oolong teas.

The flavor is smooth and clean; this tea is light but still has a bit of body to it.

I've experimented with different amounts of leaf and different brewing times. This tea is very versatile. You can steep it for five minutes and it gains considerable strength and a bit more bite, but without acquiring any unpleasant qualities at all--virtually no astringency.

The price on this tea is exceptionally low relative to the quality and the fact that it is both organic and fair trade. How in the world do they do it? This is a top-notch tea. I would recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it; it's not super widely-available in the U.S. but you can find it in some stores.
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