Darjeeling, Dooteriah Estate - 2nd Flush

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Cream, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Oak, Straw, Toast
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Caffeine
Medium
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  • “Last night I found myself in the mood for some Darjeeling. I was looking to briefly get away from the Chinese green and Ceylon black teas I’ve been consuming religiously over the last week or so....” Read full tasting note
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Internationally renowned Darjeeling teas come to us from the area in and around Darjeeling, a Himalayan town in the state of West Bengal in eastern India. The soil and climatic conditions that exist here create teas that are treasured for their exquisite taste. Often referred to as the “Champagne of teas”, Darjeeling teas are so prized that the government there created a special logo that certifies that the teas bearing this logo were actually grown in this beautiful mountain terrain. These teas have a complex and delicate flavor that marries well with custard, eggs, grilled fish, curries and fresh fruit.

The Darjeeling Dooteriah Estate in the eastern valley of Darjeeling, was established 1859. The tea garden ranges in height from 3362 to 7000 feet above sea level and with their abundant sunshine, gentle mists, crisp winds and fertile soil, produce exceptional tasting teas.

Picked between May and June, this second flush tea from the Dooteriah Estate has beautiful tippy, twisted, well-formed brown & black tea leaves. When brewed the resulting cup is bright amber with a delightful musk aroma and a taste that is sweet and floral with an oak-like finish.

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Last night I found myself in the mood for some Darjeeling. I was looking to briefly get away from the Chinese green and Ceylon black teas I’ve been consuming religiously over the last week or so. I, however, wanted something new that I had yet to try. I ended up choosing this tea. I recently rounded out a large order from Simpson & Vail with an ounce of this and had yet to crack it open. Honestly, I was a bit shocked to see that there was little mention of this tea on Steepster. If any of you read this tasting note, keep in mind that this is just my first impression of this tea. I may change my score in the future if I deem it necessary.

In the glass, the liquor shows a clear, dark golden orange. The aroma is mild, offering subtly layered scents of straw, honey, malt, toast, and Muscatel grapes. In the mouth, the tea presents a thin body with mild, smooth notes of straw, honey, cream, malt, toast, and Muscatel grapes. A bit of woodiness is present on a dryish finish, imparting a flavor somewhat akin to oak. Even for a second flush Darjeeling, this tea is unbelievably smooth and subtle with barely any trace of bitterness or astringency.

Overall, I am relatively pleased with this tea. I feel like I’m grading it somewhat more liberally than I should considering it isn’t really all that deep or complex, but on the whole, it is pleasant and easy to drink with just enough flavor to be satisfying on its own. In the end, I would recommend it with the caveat that it will likely be far from the most complex Darjeeling one will ever try.

Flavors: Cream, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Oak, Straw, Toast

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