Darjeeling (Loose)

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

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 6, 2019

Commercial Description

A delicate and refined black tea from the Indian himalayas.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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At first glance, the tea looks odd for Twinings. Twinings's loose teas are usually broken leaf, but the pieces are much larger and appear to be better quality than what goes into the teabags. The Darjeeling is different. The loose tea pieces are tiny and uniform and look exactly like what goes into the teabags. Like most other Darjeeling blends, there's a mixture of oxidation levels and some of the pieces are quite green. The dry tea smells like dry oak leaves, but with a good bit of sweetness.

The tea brews up a rich red-amber and is quite a bit darker than other Darjeeling blends. The aroma is rich and malty for a Darjeeling, being also less floral than I'd expect. The flavor is surprisingly sharp and astringent. The bitterness is light at first. It grows in the finish, but never becomes unpleasant. The flavor is very vegetal, having notes of fresh pea pods, green beans, and corn husks. The green, bitter sweetness reminds me of Japanese bancha.

Twinings is one of the brands that I'm pretty sure uses different blends for teabags than for loose teas and the Darjeeling is no exception. They're similar, but noticeably different.

Overall, this is a decent tea, but not exceptional. It's a bit pricey for the level of quality at almost $2 an ounce. On the other hand, this is one of the few brands of loose tea available in grocery stores, making it an easy impulse purchase (as it was for me).
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