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    Darjeeling TeaXpress 2012 Darjeeling Autumn Flush Sourenee Bio-Organic Black Tea

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, mottled greens and browns with some golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish amber I love all types of tea but I’ve been on a big Darjeeling kick lately. This lovely autumn flush only served to feed the addiction. It was full bodied and earthy with a subtle floral quality. I could also taste a hint of chocolate. I don’t mean to say that it tasted like anything Hershey’s might produce but it had a richness similar to raw cacao. There was a really interesting cooling affect in the aftertaste. It…

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    Darjeeling TeaXpress 2012 Darjeeling First Flush Giddapahar China Special

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, varied brown and green Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: amber The leaves of this tea were really beautiful. They had a nice twisted shape to them and the varied shades of brown and green were lovely. The taste was light and fruity with a pleasant underlying spiciness. There was also a fresh vegetal and almost floral element that came to the forefront as it cooled. The muscatel taste that Darjeeling is known for was there but it was more delicate than what you might find in a 2nd flush. There was a…

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    Darjeeling TeaXpress 2012 Darjeeling Second Flush Goomtee Green Tea

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, mixed leaf sizes Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teapot and mesh infuser Liquor: gold It’s not often that I get to try an Indian green tea, particularly one from Darjeeling, so I was really happy to spot this one in a recent batch of samples. The taste was fresh, clean and vegetal. There was no bitterness at all but the almost citrus-like aftertaste made for a refreshing finish. The leaves resteeped very well a second time. Overall it was an uncomplicated, pleasant cup of tea. I could see myself enjoying a tall glass of this iced on…