Biodynamic Darjeeling

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From one of the last family-owned tea estates in Darjeeling, India. The Makaibari estate in the Darjeeling hills of Northeastern India is home to the finest high grown Darjeeling teas and leader of biodynamic and organic permaculture. This high altitude tea is grown on picturesque steep slopes up to 4000 ft, surrounded by fresh air and pure mountain spring water. Our select high grown tea is hand picked, artisan processed, and provides a bright and brisk cup much lighter than other black teas because of its high altitude. This “champagne of teas” is a first flush tea which brews a pink, light amber color, fresh floral and apple-like character, with a slightly astringent finish. It serves better when brewed at a cooler temperature of 180F. It is rare to experience a pure 100% Darjeeling outside of India. This is your passport to experience this rare and golden opportunity of a truly prized luxury.

Water Temperature: 185 F degrees
Caffeine Content: Medium
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Ingredients: Organic Biodynamic Black Tea
Origin: Darjeeling, India

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Art of Tea is a tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles, California. We hand blend and custom craft the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. Our teas are carefully selected directly from growers, each one offering a unique story.

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513 tasting notes

I woke up freezing this morning, and dreaded getting out of bed because I knew I would only feel colder still. I finally hauled myself up and braved the walk into the kitchen. I didn’t want to think too hard about which tea I wanted this morning, so I just defaulted to this one. I actually really enjoyed it. I steeped it for about five minutes, added in a teaspoon of rock sugar and made sure not to add too much cream. It resulted in a perfectly balanced cup, that was creamy, smooth, and reminded me of apples next to a wooded forest. I don’t even know why the term “appley” comes to mind; the tea does not taste at all of apples. But it somehow has the smooth, hard texture one might associate with a firm, juicy apple, or resting one’s cheek against the smooth, polished surface of a new wooden dresser.
If art of tea’s shipping prices weren’t so prohibitive, I think I’d actually go ahead and place an order for a larger size, but as it stands, that might have to wait. My sample is nearly empty now, which is increasingly unfortunate.

Anyway, hump day today, and I can’t wait to head home this evening. It’ll mean that the upcoming weekend is closer to you than the weekend you just finished, and that feeling is utter bliss.


and for me it’s mariage freres…. sigh. is it wrong to propel yourself through school thinking ‘with my degree done i can afford tea!’? lol.


Haha, not at all weird. I’m done school and still feel I can’t afford anything, though somehow that never stops me.
Also, I’m dying to try some mf. A friend of mine is going to the UK and i’m hoping she can bring me back some.


i’m trying to find a way to take a vacation over there just to pick up teas… sigh


I only wish I could plan the same! I was going to go visit a friend in Scotland this upcoming January, only now she’s decided to come back to Ontario! I was like wtf, please stay there until I visit. haha.

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902 tasting notes

Another from my tea sampler from Cuppa. It also happens to be my first Darjeeling (that I know of).

Delicious! It’s very delicate and floral, apple-blossom floral. I’m also getting an oak-like note, which would probably be stronger if I had brewed for longer. The astringency is perfect at this brewing time/temp; I doubt I’d ever brew it longer.

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58 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell light and airy…delicate like. Once steeped it has a slight rich earthiness to it. Pretty good but I think I still prefer Assam black as my mainstay.

2nd steeping is pretty good as well…just a little bit lighter then the first.

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172 tasting notes

it is good. the first cup it tasted more like an earl grey (not a fan) but after that it got better. Not my favorite but worst a try.

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I’m quite fond of Darjeeling, and I really liked this one. The aroma is fruity and flowery with a hint of caramel. Gives a lovely, pinkish-gold liquor. Flavor muscatel and sweet, tasting of plum, apple and honey. Possibly chestnut, something nutty or woody about it. The floral, rosy finish has a nice bit of pull.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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14 tasting notes

This is my first Darjeeling, and I’m not particularly a fan of black teas but this one is quite good. Creamy yet with an apple-like crispness, and hardly astringent. Good without milk. I’m drinking this while eating nilla wafers and it’s like a slice of heaven :3

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Loved this tea. Delicious. Never thought that a black tea would be so good without lemon, milk or sugar.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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