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Darjeeling (Sachets) - Organic - Fair Trade

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Brand:Hampstead Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
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This tea's info last updated: Oct. 4, 2012

Commercial Description

Our signature, award-winning black tea from the Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling, India. A light, afternoon tea with muscatel and fruit tones.

Brewing Instructions: (from Hampstead Tea)

3-5 minutes, boiling water.

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70 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(2 reviews) on
A very good, easy going black tea. Not a very noticeable aroma, either in the bag or steeped, but still there and akin to most black teas with a fruity hint. Taken with a decent amount of sugar, it was still easy to discern a sweetness to the tea without any bite and mild astringency.
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93 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
(10 reviews) on
I really enjoyed this tea! I found it's aroma and taste to both be floral, light, and a bit sweet. As someone who usually sticks to english breakfast or earl grey, I found this delicate flavor refreshing. I drank it with milk, but I think it would have been perfect with a touch of honey. I even steeped it slightly longer than it called for, but I couldn't tell when I was drinking it.
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73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(214 reviews) on
This tea is pretty good. It's smooth. I added cream and sugar. I found it confusing that it was listed as a sachet when it's really a teabag.
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77 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I fell in love with Hampstead tea's loose-leaf Darjeeling some time ago, and it was not before picking up some samples at World Tea East this year that I had an opportunity to try any of their tea bags.

This is called a "sachet" but it's not a pyramid bag--just a humble tea bag. The tea inside is pretty broken up, not nearly as intact as in the loose-leaf version of this tea. Compared to the loose-leaf tea, this tea is more uniformly brown in color. The tea bag itself was not particularly aromatic, and I was actually expecting to be disappointed.

But in spite of that, when brewing the tea, I found an explosion of aroma. Grape-like tones, a few peppery qualities, both floral and fruity. Yes! This is the same tea that I love loose, and much of its complexity is captured. It has the classic aromatic tones of teas from Makaibari estate, which will please people like me who particularly enjoy this estate's teas. Flavor is ever-so-slightly bitter, in a pleasing way. Full-bodied, with perhaps a bit more lingering astringency than the loose-leaf.

I had good luck steeping for 3 minutes, and then resteeping. If you're a die-hard tea enthusiast though, you'll still prefer the loose-leaf. It is noticeably more aromatic and complex, and has a smoother finish with less astringency.

The price is quite reasonable on these. They really blow away any other black teas that you can get in mainstream supermarkets in this price range. I think they're on par with the higher-end brands that sell for $6-8 for a box of 15-20, and they are at a fraction of the price, and are eco-friendly to boot.
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