Review of English Tea Store Darjeeling White Tips

Basically there are two types of white tea leaves available to the consumer: the kind with long, thin silvery (sometimes downy) leaves, and the kind with leaves of varied sizes and colours, sort of like what you might find on a forest floor. The catalogue photo for this tea depicts the former, while these Darjeeling …

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It’s Summer Flush Time in Darjeeling!

June is a month for weddings, for those bells ringing, the beautiful brides gliding down the aisle in their white gowns, and wedding receptions with cakes and bands playing. It’s also Summer Flush time in Darjeeling, India! A “flush” is a time of growth and then harvest of the tea. In Darjeeling, India, there are …

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My Experience with Some 2012 First Flush Darjeelings

First flush Darjeeling teas are like Beaujolais Nouveau wines: Everyone waits for them with great anticipation. They’re not necessarily the best teas of the year – I prefer second flushes or autumnals myself – but they do serve as an indicator of how good these later flushes will be. After hearing stories earlier this year …

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Guarding the Darjeeling Brand

Darjeeling is a region in northern India that's probably best known for the premium quality black tea it turns out. It's beloved of tea connoisseurs, but oddly enough the total amount of Darjeeling tea sold in a given year is typically greater than the amount grown. Which sounds impossible at first until you realize that …

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Disappointing Darjeeling Tea

Every so often it happens — the tea in my cup disappoints. It’s happened less during the past few years as I have learned more about how to choose good quality teas, for, you see, starting with the best makes disappointment less likely. That’s why this incident was so startling — it was a quality …

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Indian Tea Under Siege?

When a well-known coffee retailer chain recently announced that it would open its first location in India, in partnership with an Indian company, numerous media outlets were quick to point out that the firm would be moving into a nation that's better known for tea than coffee. Never mind that the coffee retailing giant also sells …

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Darjeeling, Often Called “The Champagne of Tea”

Of all of the great tea-growing regions in the world, Darjeeling is not really among the more significant - at least not in quantity of tea produced. When it comes to the quality of the modest amounts of tea produced there, that's a different story. As much or perhaps even more so than any other …

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Review ― Mim Estate Darjeeling from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: Mim Estate Darjeeling Tea Type: Black tea from the Darjeeling area of India I’ve had the great honor to try some teas sourced directly from the tea gardens in the Darjeeling area of India, the only teas that can legally bear the name “Darjeeling” per the Indian Tea Board. These teas were also …

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Darjeeling Black Tea Seasons

When people tell me that they like Darjeeling black teas, I'm always tempted to ask if they have a seasonal preference. Since I've started drinking tea, I've found that Darjeelings vary greatly and that these differences aren't always due to differences between the gardens in which they are grown. The teas produced during each season each …

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Review — Soom Estate 1st Flush Darjeeling from The English Tea Store

Name: Soom Estate 1st Flush Darjeeling Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, Darjeeling First Flush Form: Loose leaf Review: Those who know me have heard me carp on the mediocrity of many a first flush Darjeeling. As I am fond of saying "They don't know whether to be a green or a black tea …

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