Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags

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Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Darjeeling, India
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 6, 2015

Commercial Description

...subtle muscatel flavour, the result of a unique combination of cool misty climate, high altitude, rich soil and careful plucking and handling.

Brewing Instructions: (from Taylors of Harrogate)

For the perfect cup we recommend that you use one tea bag. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 3-4 minutes. Serve on its own or with milk or lemon.

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Reviewer pic64 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(143 reviews) on

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.

Both the dry and steeping tea include the green vegetal aromas that are typical of late flush Darjeelings, like asparagus and string beans. As the other reviewers found, the first taste is shockingly bitter, though. It's not quite as bitter as an Assam, but it's more bitter than most Sri Lankan teas and definitely uncharacteristic of a Darjeeling. The flavor's reasonably strong, but I do use 8 ounces of water per teabag, in line with Alex's comment. There's a woody component to the flavor, along with a bit of straw. The overall impression is of a farm without animals: oak leaves, vegetables, and a clean barn with bales of hay and straw.

For what it's worth, I like it, but it's not particularly special. Between $4 and $5 for 20 bags, it's only slightly more expensive than Bigelow or Twinings when accounting for the larger teabags, and of comparable quality.
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Reviewer pic65 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea seems strong and tannic for a Darjeeling. It smells nice, but brews very strong very rapidly. I drink it with honey, though I rarely add sweetener to any tea because i usually prefer tea without sweeteners. I bought the loose leaf tea, and used about 2.5 TBSP for a 30 oz pot. My suggestion would be to underbrew this slightly - maybe 2.5 minutes, to avoid a strong bitter tea. Aroma is lovely.
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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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Fruity, even for a Darjeeling, and mellow, except for some very strong objectionable qualities that emerge. There's a harshness in the aroma that I could do without...the aftertaste is also very tannic even though at first this tea tastes smooth. Astringent for a Darjeeling.

Disappointing. Definitely recognizable as a Darjeeling but, in my opinion, falls short of other teabag Darjeelings, like Bigelow's.

Also, very weak. If you use more than 8 oz. of water per teabag, it's too weak, but if you use less, it becomes too tannic and harsh.
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