Brand: Two Leaves and a Bud
Type: Black tea
Form: Bagged tea, pyramid bags
Price: $4.95 for a box of 15 teabags at Amazon.com (as of August 9th, 2012)
Review: When I first sniffed a bag of Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Darjeeling, I was shocked at the intensity of its sweet, pungent aroma.
(I wondered if this quality would remain with the tea after steeping.)
Fortunately, its nose matched its cup: When brewed up to a golden-green, the pungency continued into the first sip, although the flavor eventually mellowed out into a more traditional muscatel sweetness.
Organic Darjeeling is medium-bodied with a slightly slippery quality, reminding me a bit of glycerine. Once it slides off the palate, a respectable amount of astringency remains, not quite inspiring a full pucker, but definitely reminding my mouth that another moistening sip may be in order.
Recommended: Both tasty and a good value.
Preparation Tips: Two Leaves and a Bud helpfully notes on their packaging that the tea sachets are “mug sized.” As such, I’d advise using 14-16 ounces of water when preparing the tea. The company also advises using boiling water, though I’d suggest bringing the water temperature down to about 200F to bring out the sweetness of this tea. Because this tea is relatively light in flavor, water quality is important. Use filtered or spring water if possible.
Food Parings: I wouldn’t recommend this tea with food as it is a bit too subtle. Drink it on its own.
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