Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Tea type: Darjeeling
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Planty, slightly sweet, mild
Aroma in the cup, plain: Planty, slightly sweet, mild
Taste, plain: Planty, slightly sweet, mild, no bitterness at all
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: Slightly lighter color and milder flavor
Chilled: Very good
Having a couple of other Darjeeling teas on hand, I wanted to do a little comparison. An important aspect of any tea is the piece size. As you can see in the photo, the Two Leaves Darjeeling tea leaf pieces are good sized, like the Ahmad version. Piece size can make a big difference in the resulting tea “liquor” — the smaller pieces in my experience have to be steeped shorter times to avoid producing a more bitter brew.
Again and to be consistent, I deducted a half teapot since this is an “organic” tea. Let’s face it, anything that’s not a rock or flowing lava, etc., is organic. I doubt whether this tea tastes any better or is any healthier than other teas not on the “organic bandwagon.” It’s certainly not better than the Ahmad Darjeeling.
Disclaimer: The teas reviewed here were provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.