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“(DavidsTea 117) H is for… Happy Valley Darjeeling! All I can say is that I enjoyed it; I don’t really remember much else. I’m not always a darjeeling fan, so it was a nice surprise (although I see...” Read full tasting note
“This is uncomplicated but nice. It has what I think of as true black tea taste (not sure how else to describe it, it’s almost more a feeling in the back of my throat?) but I don’t find it overly...” Read full tasting note
“Having been super busy with work over the past few weeks, continual plans to visit DAVIDsTEA to redeem my points for 100g worth of tea kept getting foiled, so of course, when I finally got there...” Read full tasting note
Looking to steep some happiness into your daily cuppa? Try this beautiful second-flush darjeeling. It draws its unique aromas from the terroir of India’s Happy Valley – a tea garden at the foot of the Himalayas. From its fruity notes of ripe plum and apricot to its pleasant astringency, this black tea has all the wonderful characteristics of the classic darjeelings we love so much. And with its delicate floral finish, it’ll make just about any tea lover smile.
Ingredients: Organic: Black tea from Darjeeling, India.
Price: $14.98 per 50g
DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.
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H is for… Happy Valley Darjeeling!
All I can say is that I enjoyed it; I don’t really remember much else. I’m not always a darjeeling fan, so it was a nice surprise (although I see my previous note indicates I felt the same last time, so this particular version must just fit better for me).
This is uncomplicated but nice. It has what I think of as true black tea taste (not sure how else to describe it, it’s almost more a feeling in the back of my throat?) but I don’t find it overly astringent. It is somewhat tannic, but just enough to make it interesting – nothing overwhelming to me. I get some nice roasted notes from it, but nothing I’d consider fruity. It’s a nice solid anytime tea to me.
Flavors: Roasted, Tannin
Having been super busy with work over the past few weeks, continual plans to visit DAVIDsTEA to redeem my points for 100g worth of tea kept getting foiled, so of course, when I finally got there today, it was too late as they expired on the 3rd. Damn. I kept thinking I had until the end of the calendar year.
But I was able to still redeem my free birthday cup of tea from last month. I chose this because I didn’t feel like dealing with their sugary sweet blends this time around. It was ok but expectedly astringent, so astringent that it covered up most of the plum notes I was picking up on. Nothing memorable, to be honest.
I really, really like this one. However, I’ve liked most of the straight black teas that I’ve tried. This tea is far smoother than I expected as I was expecting a stronger astringency. The predominant notes are of dark fruit (think plums or red grapes) and a bit of a nuttiness. I don’t find this one to be overly complex, but it’s very enjoyable nonetheless.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Grapes, Plum, Walnut
I had a hot cup of this to go yesterday because my lovely tea guide offered me it for free – since I waited patiently while she went to storage to get the sachets of the mothers day teas they are allowed to sell individually. (Which I am so excited to try) Anyway, this was a nice darjeeling black tea. I didn’t notice many differences really – but it was pleasantly astringent, and there was a slight fruity note. I don’t notice too much with straight teas. But it was pretty good.
This was my last tea I had at the office before my vacation started. I just found myself craving a milder black tea, and this was a good pick. I had definitely hit a mid afternoon slump/wall and I was crashing HARD. In fact, I may have made this cuppa in the most lazy way possible; I shouted from one room of the lab to the next to have a coworker bring the tin and a mug/strainer to me in the next room, then proceeded to measure the tea out into the strainer and wheel myself over to the kettle station in my desk chair…
Not my finest moment.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.
Flavors: Floral, Malt, Raisins, Tannic