Darjeeling No. 37

Tea type
Black Tea
Darjeeling Tea
Floral, Lemon, Sweet, Vegetal, Astringent, Muscatel, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Maple, Sweet, warm grass, Tannin
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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Very appreciated by connoisseurs, Darjeeling is an original black tea cultivated for more than 150 years that has very delicate aromas. Its liquor is pale and delivers a light taste. This tea is to be appreciated by itself – drinking it with a meal would hide all its delicate flavours.

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412 tasting notes

I had low expectations for a bagged Darjeeling, even as nice a bag as Kusmi provides, so this was a very pleasant surprise. Maybe I just got lucky and steeped it properly, but this is a fine and delicious example of what a Darjeeling can taste like. Light but full-flavored, very aromatic with that fruity/winey/muscatel flavor. There’s just enough astringency to make it refreshing without being bitter.

If it’s consistently this good (and I didn’t just get lucky with the steeping parameters) I may even pick up a tin of this! Darjeelings aren’t my usual, but it is nice to have one or two black teas on hand that go well without milk.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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175 tasting notes

This is my first Darjeeling, so my opinion isn’t particularly well-informed. I’d definitely describe it as delicate, slightly sweet/wine-like.

3 min, 0 sec

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821 tasting notes

A bit thin-tasting

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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152 tasting notes

A friend surprised me with a sampler box of Kusmi teas, and this Darjeeling is the 2nd I’m trying, and it’s a pleasing morning cup of sweet flowers. Not at all perfumey, just lightly sweet and floral like a humming along of the otherwise somewhat brisk tea. This is the first time ever that I have actually enjoyed an astringent aspect to tea, as well, it seems to actually complement the flavor. It is a simple drinking tea with layers of interest.

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325 tasting notes

I found it hard to place the flavour of this at first—sweet, floral, maybe a little vegetal—but it reminded me of something. About half way through I figured it out—it reminds me of lemon gelato (which sounds like the oddest thing, but I couldn’t throw the comparison). Good. Probably wouldn’t buy it.

Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Sweet, Vegetal

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117 tasting notes

Oh my goodness I have something in my eye and I simply cannot get it out! What a horrible thing to contend with while trying to work at my computer this afternoon. :(
Anyway, I had this Darjeeling the other day and thought it was quite nice. It had the body of a high quality black but with some light and fresh muscatel and floral notes. It surprised me that it could be this lovely coming from a tea sachet. If I hadn’t prepared it I would swear it was loose leaf.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Muscatel

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I’m very much enjoying Kusmi’s Organic Darjeeling Nº 37 tea. It has much in common with other Darjeeling teas I’ve had, but also has some wonderful and unique qualities that make it stand out from the pack.

This is a fairly high quality Darjeeling tea. The small leaves unfurl nicely in hot water. They’re not whole leaves, but cut to a consistent size, with little to no powder or dust. There are a fair number of cut stems among the leaves. The leaves themselves vary in color from leafy green to spruce green and dark olive as well, making for a visually pleasing presentation. I actually like the non-uniformity of the color in this case. While marketed as a black tea, the incomplete oxidation makes this one more of an oolong tea, which I prefer anyway.

The brewed tea is a lovely chestnut brown color. The flavors have much in common with other darjeeling’s I’ve had, but there are also a lot of unusual aspects as well. One of the first things I notice is a lovely fresh spring flowers taste. Floral auroma is expected from Darjeeling, but this one is especially fresh. This is most apparent in the first brewing and less noticeable on subsequent infusions.

The second brewing allows some rich maple flavor to come through. I also notice a good bit of tannin in this tea. This gives an astringent quality that some might not like. I’d describe Kusmi Noº 37 as a fairly brisk tea. This can be mitigated by using water that has cooled for a couple minutes after boiling. I’m still experimenting with ideal brewing temperature. I think 3-4 minutes at 180º is correct for the first infusion. I can get a 2nd and 3rd cup, adding an extra minute each time.

I definitely enjoy this tea and would keep it as my every-day Darjeeling if it were a little less expensive.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Maple, Muscatel, Sweet, warm grass, Tannin

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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122 tasting notes

I could tell this was a high quality Darjeeling, but it just didn’t do much for me. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t buy a whole tin or box of it. I look forward to trying their Green Darjeeling!

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