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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Review: Two Leaves and a Bud’s Darjeeling Tea

The Subject: Darjeeling from Two Leaves and a Bud.

Rating:

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

Comments:
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.


We steeped this one 5 minutes (actually, we tried it at 4 minutes and decided to risk another minute). There was no bitterness, due to the large leaf piece size. We were able to drink this tea plain, not even sweetener added, unlike The English Tea Store Darjeeling. The second infusion was only slightly lighter in color and milder in taste and aroma.

Since Darjeeling tea is often called the “champagne of teas,” I wanted a photo of it in a wine glass (don’t have any champagne flutes). As you can see, the tea was a beautiful amber. The taste was as good as it looks, maybe even better. A great “tea moment” tea. Keep it in mind when you want to take a break in your day.


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.

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