What an interesting tea.

The dry leaf is fluffy and silvery green, and has a very delicate smell of hay. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear this was a white tea.

Steeped for 3min in 96C water, it yields a very pale coloured liquor with a light body. The steeped leaf is pale yellow green and smells faintly peachy. The flavour is likewise delicate, with notes of peach and grape. There are also the flavours that make this unmistakably a Darjeeling, though those become less distinct as the cup cools.

While this was tasty, I did feel like I wanted a bit more complexity and flavour from the brew. Perhaps a bit more leaf next time, as the flavours that were there were excellent.

One of the Darjeelings I have enjoyed the most as of late, and a very interesting black tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapes, Hay, Peach

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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