Darjeeling, “the champagne of teas”, is notoriously straightforward to begin a love affair with. It might be that this delicate rarity captures precisely what’s interesting and pleasurable about tea. Like champagne, Darjeeling takes the identify of its area and may’t be produced anyplace else. This area occurs to be within the distant, rolling hills of West Bengal, the place solely probably the most delicate leaves are picked and tossed by hand.
The 1st and 2nd crops of spring (or “flushes”) are extremely wanted and are usually costly. And then there’s this: our second flush Biodynamic Darjeeling. Hailing from the Makaibari property, it’s best steeped on the (comparatively) low temperature of 180°F.
You also can brew it within the fridge (8+ hours) for a refined and cooling iced tea. The result’s a pale amber, simply as distinctive in taste as in shade. It is spherical, wealthy, astringent, and leaves a noticeable dryness. Darjeeling iced tea could also be unusual, however it’s undoubtedly worthwhile!
There are many black teas that examine nicely with Darjeeling, and I don’t consider in such factor as a “control” with regards to attempting tea. So, I wished one thing totally different and settled on Art of Tea’s Ancient Forest. Each leaf is hand-picked from historical bushes within the Blue Mountains of Yunnan province, China.
Once steeped (in the very same situations because the Darjeeling), it turns into clear that these two teas have little in frequent. Much darker in shade, the Ancient Forest releases a smoky aroma. Full and daring, this higher resembles iced tea as we all know it (albeit rather more earthy than something you’ll discover at your native grocery store).