Darjeeling Tea

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.

Darjeeling

After a three minute steep time, the color is lighter than my normal cup of black tea.

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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. 

Three Cups of Earl Grey ~ A Tea Comparison

I am ready to take on the world!  Anything is possible ~ now that I have sipped and savored multiple cups of tea!

In a previous post I blogged about Earl Grey and how it obtains that distinctive flavor.

3EGinarowToday I am sharing three of my favorite brands of Earl Grey. 

Each brand of tea will be steeped for four minutes with water just off the boil.  Two of the brands are bagged and one is a loose leaf tea. 

Lets begin the comparison.

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I have been sipping this tea since my teenage years.  Twinings is readily available in most grocery stores and for an affordable price. I generally have a box of this in my tea stash as a tea on the go selection.

Twinings Earl Grey has a nice citrusy scent after opening the package and it brews into a lovely amber color. 
The tea flavor leaves a bit of a zing to the tongue. That may be due to the bergamot flavoring that is added to the black tea.  The zing can be calmed with splash of milk.

Numibag

I discovered this brand of tea because of a drive thru tea/coffee shop. 
( One must have their afternoon cuppa even on the run! )
I have been pleased to find this in a specialty grocery store in my area, but it is available online as well.

Numi is an organic and free trade company.
Organic Bergamot is aged with organic Assam black tea.  The tea leaves are aged with the bergamot to absorb the scent, which lends a more delicate flavoring to the end product.

With its smooth and subtle flavoring I tend to brew this tea when I have a moment or two to savor the flavor. 

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This delicious tea was discovered through a friend who sampled it at a spa.  She loved it so much she purchased it online and shared it with me.

Rishi uses organic tea and essential oil of bergamot for its flavoring.  The aroma of this tea is very fragrant. When I brought home this loose tea, it scented my kitchen all day.  Not in an overpowering way, just a pleasant scent. The taste is mellow but full of flavor.  It pairs extremely well with tea time treats that you may be enjoying.

The only downside I see with Rishi is that I have only found it in a specialty health food store and of course online. Well worth the search though.

 I love tea – that is no secret.  I currently have all three of these delicious teas in my stash.  It is difficult to choose between them. 

Here are links to get your own Earl Grey tea!

Twinings Tea, Earl Grey, 100 Count

Numi Aged Earl Grey, 100 Count 

Rishi Tea Organic Loose Leaf Black Tea Earl Grey — 1.94 oz

What type of Earl Grey tea do you prefer?

 

 

When in doubt go with Black Tea

I am going to start a new saying, “ When in doubt, go with black tea. “

Black tea is robust, tasty without being bitter,and has an array of nutrients and antioxidants. I find it has the right amount of caffeine kick to shake off morning or afternoon sluggishness.

For years my go to Black Tea has been- Twinings English Breakfast. 

Twinings

This tea bag is not just for breakfast, it is a delightful afternoon tea when paired with a tea time treat. 
The decaffeinated version is just right for those who do not want the effects of caffeine or if you are sipping later in the evening.

Tea bags are convenient for the morning rush or when you do not want a lot of fuss. However there is much to be said for a loose tea.

When you take a few extra moments to add loose leaves to a tea ball or infuser; you not only have tea, you make an occasion.

Currently, my favorite loose black tea is by Two Leaves and a Bud. 

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This tea is a sip & savor treat for me. 

It is ideal on mornings or afternoons when there is no rushing about.  

No matter if it steeps from a tea bag or a tea ball, black tea is a must have in my Booksipper tea stash.