darjeeling blues

The problem with migrating from bagged tea to loose tea is that you have to use up the residual bags — two lone “Constant Comment” bags from god-knows-when, a smattering of Tazo tea given as a present by a Starbucks-lover who didn’t know any better, and mysterious other bags of unknown provenance. This morning I decided to do my duty and make one of the Twinings Darjeeling bags. The plus side : it seems nearly impossible to oversteep this bag as long as you actually want to drink your tea and don’t forget that you made it. The negative side : it tastes nothing like Darjeeling. I was merely lighter than my usual Twinings standby, the English Breakfast. In contrast, this weekend I tried the Moondakotee Estate FTGFOP1 (Second Flush), which came in a sampler pack, and found it to be delightful — huge leaves and a nice robust body with all the floral notes and so on. I’ve had a few cheaper ones which have also been a pleasure to drink. It’s not a fair comparison, since the loose tea cost about 50% more than the bagged stuff, but does there even exist a decent Darjeeling bag, or should I just use the remaining ones to help my tired eyes?

One thought on “darjeeling blues

  1. Boy, boy, crazy boy. You kids these days! Stay away from (mostly) worthless tea bags- the perfect way to ruin a cuppa, Darjeeling or otherwise. I’ll see your Moondakotee and raise you a 317 Ceylon Kenilworth Orange Pekoe (from SpecialTeas). Slightly tinged with honey and notes of rose and vanilla; with a dollop of milk, it is a terrific tea for a brisk morning or even an afternoon pick-me-up. Beautiful leaves to boot.

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