ORGANIC DARJEELING TEA, black
Ingredients: organic Darjeeling tea leaf (Camellia sinensis) - Autumnal flush
Origin: Sri Lanka
According to the Tea Board of India - "Darjeeling Tea" can only refer to tea that has been cultivated, grown, produced, manufactured and processed in tea gardens of the West Bengal area in India. Although Darjeeling teas are marketed commercially as "black teas", almost all of them have incomplete oxidation (<90%) and therefore are technically more Oolong than black. Darjeeling tea contains caffeine.
Production: the process to create tea is complicated and each step requires takes a lot of experience and skill. Fresh tea leaves are left to wither in the sun, then tumbled to bruise the leaves in order to allow degrees of oxidation. Finally, the leaves are rolled and heat dried to stop the oxidation process.
Variety: Autumnal flush is harvested in the autumn after the rainy season and believed to have a somewhat less delicate flavor and less spicy tones, yet a fuller body and darker color. Some describe the taste of this Darjeeling as balanced, lively with a nutty aroma.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry place
This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy products.
Good middle of the road Darjeeling
A good darjeeling for the price point. Great to serve friends, but if you’re looking for an epic tea, you’re best of spending more money elsewhere. OM, if you’re listening - makaibari estate (makaibari.com) does a fantastic first flush organic darjeeling. Probably at a higher price point that this offering, but you’d have at least one customer (me!) if you carried it :)
Not excellent, but certainly good.