Darjeeling Giddapahar Muscatel Black Tea Second Flush by Golden Tips Teas India

I received this sample today as part of the July subscription box. When brewed the aroma has a hint of fruit and mustiness. As for the flavor, this Darjeeling has a characteristic bitterness and the aftertaste is a light muscatel which lingers pleasantly. I might try my second steep with a bit of tea sugar to bring out more of the sweetness.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Muscatel

200 °F / 93 °C 5 MIN, 0 SEC 1 TSP 8 OZ / 236 ML

Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons

I was pleasantly surprised by the delightfully light and tart citrus of Diamond Jubilee. I generally prefer flavored teas with a strong base, but in this instance the mild black base works very well with the bergamot and grapefruit essence. The citrus notes linger as a crisp aftertaste and I can only imagine this would be even better served as iced tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy, Grapefruit, Tart

205 °F / 96 °C 5 MIN, 0 SEC 8 OZ / 236 ML

Earl Grey Imperial by Harney & Sons

I’ve always had a soft spot for Earl Grey’s, so it seems fitting an Earl Grey would be my first tasting note on Steepster. I purchased this tea with high expectations but was disappointed with the rather weak flavor. The base is pleasing enough but somewhat bland, perhaps due to the addition of oolong. As for the bergamot, it is too dainty for my preference, though it does leave a pleasant aftertaste. The leaves have a nice aroma, and I give them points for the cute tin, but I won’t purchase this particular Earl Grey again.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy

205 °F / 96 °C 5 MIN, 0 SEC 8 OZ / 236 ML