Darjeeling is a growing region in India. The tea grown here is considered the "Champagne" of teas because of the complexity of taste. This Second Flush (2nd Harvest) is our favorite for its classic muscatel notes (reminds me of tomato leaves), its citrus aroma, and sweetness.
We've been out of Darjeeling for awhile because it got hit hard during the pandemic. The 1st flush (picking) never even happened, and the 2nd picking suffered. This is recognizable as Darjeeling, but it's not as complex or as sweet as most years.
When brewed correctly, it has little astringency and no bitterness. Note that a Darjeeling should be steeped at a lower-than-normal 195 degrees.
Tasting Notes: Citrus beginning, Slight woodsy aftertaste, Mild muscatel, Sweet, Smooth
Steep: 1 Tbsp of tea for 12oz water. Water temperature: 195. Steep time 3 minutes. Sweetener: Optional
Approximately 18 tsp in a 1 ounce package.