Two Leaves and a Bud’s Organic Darjeeling

by Lainie Petersen on August 9, 2012

Cup and Box of Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Darjeeling

Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Darjeeling

Name: Two Leaves and A Bud Organic Darjeeling Tea

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.

Disclosures

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Sample Provided: Yes

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex Zorach August 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of drinking this tea many times, and I’ve been able to see it change subtly from year to year.

It is consistently quite good! Some batches have been greener than others, but it’s always on the greener side, I’d say even lighter in color than a typical first flush Darjeeling, and I like this, as the less-oxidized Darjeelings are among my favorite teas.

admin August 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

Alex,

It is a decidedly green tea, isn’t it? But yes, it is tasty and well worth the money!

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