Grown in the northeast corner of India, among the foot hills of the Himalayan mountains, Darjeeling is a highly sought, coveted black tea.
Graded as FTGFOP1: second flush season.
It is the combination of high mountains, steep terrains, well-drained soils, extreme cold and intense heat, as well as a good level of rainfall that contribute to the exquisite muscatel character and floral aroma of Darjeeling teas.
|Tea Format||Loose Tea|
Full and classic Review by Michelle Butler Hallett
1.25 tsp for 250mL water 95C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare. Dry leaf: brown flecked with some green and a few twigs. Aroma: winey wood. Wet leaf: the green leaves brghten and open up fast — very pretty. Aroma: tannins, wet earth. Liquor: medium brown, a bit darker than I expected. Full and classic Darjeeing taste with a good body. I prefer a second flush, so I’m quite happy here. Lots of muscatel, and a slight bite back, almost like the pepper in some Yunnans.Posted on 2019-01-10
Rich, Robust, Smooth, Delightful Review by Caroline from Three Rivers, Ca.
I have not found a Darjeeling elsewhere that has as full bodied a flavor, & delivers the satisfaction of Darjeeling Estate Tea. It is bold and complex, yet smooth and not overpowering. Several others I have tried are either too weak to impart much flavor or overly bold with bitter aftertaste! I enjoy drinking it with a teaspoon of honey and squeezed lemon slice.Posted on 2015-01-01
Robust, Flavorful and Tasty Review by Phil from Oregon
We have tried many teas and tea blends to get a robust round tea for every day. Our very clean northwest water does not need sharp tannins to offset minerals it does not have. This tea has great varietal and very robust flavor with rounded soft tannins that make it drinkable without additives. I drink mine plain; my wife with milk. Five minutes steeping, remove the tea sock, enjoy! I keep an extra pound or two in the tea chest to avoid running out.Posted on 2013-09-01
Earthy and Smooth Review by Kyla
This Darjeeling Estate Tea is soo smooth and earthy. I really enjoy this tea anytime of day. It's amazing becauase the Darjeeling Estate is the first Tea I could ever drink without fixings. Its that good!Posted on 2012-11-05
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Flavour Profile Guide
Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.
Tea Strength Ratings
This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.
|Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour|
|Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup|
|Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness|
|Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well|
|Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness|
We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.
Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:
|Light Roast||More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker|
|Medium Roast||Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess|
|Dark Roast||Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal|
Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:
|Light Body||Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate|
|Medium Body||Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour|
|Full Body||Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers|
Tea Brewing Guide
Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.
Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.
Brew times shown in minutes.
Coffee Brewing Guide
The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.
Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through
- Fine to medium grind coffee
- 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
- Coarse grind coffee
- 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
- Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
- Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!