To celebrate the end of 2015 and the start of a new year, I will be sipping the champagne of teas, also known as Darjeeling.
I tried this tea once before in a tea room, and I must say I was not fond of the flavor. But that was also the day I sampled lavender shortbread & that may have ruined my taste buds for a long time.
True Darjeeling tea is grown, harvested and manufactured in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It is most commonly a black tea, however Green Darjeeling is becoming popular.
I am brewing a readily available and affordable Darjeeling from Twinings.
After a three minute steep time, the color is lighter than my normal cup of black tea.
At first sip, I enjoy the flavor, there is something familiar about it. Then, the after taste hits. It tastes smoky, musky or some word I can not seem to find. It is not bad, it just isnt great.
But, I continue to sip & sip!
Lasting thoughts on Darjeeling, the Champagne of Teas:
I enjoyed this tea if for no other reason than to double check my initial opinion. It is a good tea, not memorable, and not a tea I would reach for all the time.