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Darjeeling de Triomphe Black Tea

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$19.98
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Glasses lifted high in moments of celebratory triumph inspire this most coveted "Champagne of Tea." Young black tea leaves feature vibrant gradients of green colors that yield a high content of silvery tips and buds. This tea is scrutinized for purity in taste and features a harvest of the first flush of leaves from six of our private reserve tea gardens. Taste a floral, sweet ending with each sip of this crème de la crème of Darjeelings.

Light bodied infusion with crisp floral undertones



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3.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Smooth body (17)
  • High quality (15)
  • Unique flavor profile (12)
  • Aromatic (10)
  • Fresh (9)

Cons

  • Weak (5)
  • Bitter (4)

Best Uses

  • Anytime (15)
  • Morning (8)
  • Afternoon (5)
  • After meals (4)
  • Gifts (4)
    • Tea Body:
    • Medium (12), Lightweight (9), Full (6)
    • Tea Flavor:
    • Vegetal (8), Floral (6), Malty (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tea enthusiast (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Effort equals excellence.

I like my men like I like my tea- complicated and with lots of flavor and in both areas this tea does not disappoint, but just like a significant other there are some things...Read complete review

I like my men like I like my tea- complicated and with lots of flavor and in both areas this tea does not disappoint, but just like a significant other there are some things you need to understand about this tea before you start a steady relationship.

Most importantly, this is not a tea to replace your everyday cup of joe- that would be like calling a zebra a horse. This tea is incredibly exotic and rare from the way it is made, graded, and the total complexity of flavor is amazing. If you want cheap and fast than that is your choice to make, but you will be missing out on something special and regrettably misunderstood.

From the day this tea is made only specific parts of the tea plant are used, it is processed lightly and is more akin to an oolong than an actual black tea, still contains pieces of lesser fermented tea leaves in it to preserve sweetness and purity in flavor, is only picked and processed from the best growing time of the year, and is literally the finest quality darjeeling, not available from another company or market anywhere.

The "champagne of the black teas" flavor is incredibly noticeable unsweetened and hot. Please note that this tea is fantastic sweetened or unsweetened. The "champagne" sensation comes from the variety of processed leaves- you get the silkiness of a white tea, the innate sweetness of a chinese green tea, the smoky essense of an oolong, and a bare whisper of a hint of the roasted flavor of a black tea. These multiple levels of flavor come across as floral, but there is nothing flowery about the finish. The aroma is soothing and quite pleasant. The colors are beautiful, and the feeling I get from drinking it is why I refer to it as my personal elixir of life: it soothes the mind and energizes the body often giving me the five minute vacation and the strength (especially at work) to break through anxiety and stressful situations. It is smooth, lush, not overly acidic like a lot of lower quality black teas, has treated my sensitive stomach and palette awesomely, and I can re-steep it all day so that I can re-enjoy the flavor and sensations over and over.

The drawbacks: You have to brew it properly every singly time or it will not taste the way it should. I will only drink this tea hot because I believe the texture of hot water suits this tea best although I have known many who also enjoy it iced. It MUST be brewed at a water temperature for no hotter than 175 degrees Fahrenheit and only for a maximum of 4 minutes. If you add sweetner, know that any honey (besides possibly the white gold) will overpower this tea. I will use about 1 tsp of german rock sugar for every 2 cups of water, and that will add this awesome sweet, almost cinnamon-y edge in flavor. The caffeine will keep you up so no bedtime sips with this one. This is a tea that demands your attention.

The benefits: I mostly drink whites and oolongs because I have found the green and black tea bandwagon overrated. Well, no more! This black tea when brewed correctly DOES NOT HAVE ANY BITTERNESS. For a black tea it will have a very light body, but as a tea overall it has a medium body, and it slides down the throat with every sip without cloying. If you like a black tea so strong it will add hair to your chest then think of this one more as taming the frizz- it is definitely more for a sensitive palette. It also has no where near the acidity of a black tea and where I can drink this one all day there are other black teas on here that I love that I cannot enjoy more than once a day without regretting it. With this tea I have no regrets and if you're willing to put in the effort this tea will reward you with flavor in spades.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Light, floral black tea

This is a very light brew, a little lighter in color than the honey I have sitting on my desk. It looks like a green tea. That being said, it tastes like a...Read complete review

This is a very light brew, a little lighter in color than the honey I have sitting on my desk. It looks like a green tea. That being said, it tastes like a very light black tea.
It's smooth, with a woodsy floral taste that hits you toward the end of the sip, at the back of the mouth. My friend, upon smelling it said "That smells like the outdoors."
I'm not a huge black tea drinker, but I bought this both because it was on sale and because I want something to replace my morning coffee.

As I saw someone else on here do, I'll say this:

Can't Drink – 1 Star
Moroccan Mint (may just be brewing incorrectly. Further experimentation required)

Didn't like – 2 Star
Earl Grey (may have been the travel mug. Further experimentation required)
Honeybush Vanilla (only in blends)

It's okay – 3 Star
Blueberry Bliss
Blackberry Mojito
Darjeeling de Triomphe

Like it – 4 Star
Apple Lemon Pomegranate
Sweet Fruit Garden

Love it! – 5 Star
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Silver Needles
Shanghai Orchid

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2.0

not my kind of darjeeling

By Tea4two Sue

from St. Louis, MO

About Me Darjeeling Lover, Tea Enthusiast

Pros

  • Smooth Body

Cons

  • Too green
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Afternoon
  • Light Iced Tea

I had a generous gift card from Christmas, and I am a big fan of darjeeling tea,so I decided to splurge a little and get this; I was a little concerned when I saw the tea, and commented that it looked green, not black. The sales person said it is a black tea....perhaps it is technically, but it is the greenest black tea I have ever seen in my life. I was very disappointed in the taste of it, and have only made two pots of it. A week or so ago, I decided to make some iced so I would at least use it, and my family said they liked it.
This might be a tea that someone who loves green tea would appreciate. It does not compare to the English brands of darjeeling that I normally buy....so if you are a darjeeling lover like I am, I would say do not waste your $$ on this tea. Teavanna has many wonderful teas; this is not one I would buy again.

  • Tea Body:
  • Light

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5.0

A Piece Of Heaven!

By diann5050

from Ft Lauderdale, FL

About Me Tea Enthusiast

Pros

  • Energizing
  • Fresh
  • High Quality
  • Pick me up
  • Smooth Body
  • Total Enjoyment

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Anytime

I first tried a cup at Teavana. I drink it every day, now. I have yet to brew a bad cup. It turns out perfect every time. Even after sitting on the warmer for hours it still tastes great! I think this one is my Soul Mate. LOL

  • Tea Body:
  • Full
  • Tea Flavor:
  • Luscious

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5.0

Worth the Price

By Shannon

from Dallas, TX

About Me Tea Enthusiast

Pros

  • Fresh
  • High Quality
  • Smooth Body
  • Soothing

Cons

    Best Uses

      This is my go-to favorite tea. I've strayed away several times and always found myself coming back for more. I can drink this tea any time, as it is light and refreshing, but its unique and charming taste goes best with a book and a blanket. It's the most expensive tea I've ever bought, but also the best I've ever tasted. Worth the investment.

      • Tea Body:
      • Light

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      (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Artificial flavor

      By Teaman

      from New York, NY

      About Me High-End Shopper

      Pros

      • Aromatic

      Cons

      • Artificial Taste

      Best Uses

      • Morning

      I was shocked that Teavana would sell a tea with artificial flavor. There are natural ways to add flavor to Earl Gray tea.

      • Tea Body:
      • Full

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      5.0

      Excellent darjeeling

      By Ash

      from Springfield mo

      About Me Tea Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • High Quality
      • Smooth Body

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anytime

        I found this to be a wonderful tea. It is very important that you stay strict to the water temperature and steep time on this tea. And don't let it sit on a warmer, it will get bitter.

        • Tea Body:
        • Medium

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        4.0

        Interesting, different. Must try.

        By Patty

        from Leawood

        About Me Health Conscious, Tea Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Smooth Body
        • Soothing
        • Unique Flavor Profile

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Anytime

        I have never had a tea that tastes like this. Darjeeling teas can easily get too strong if you're not careful with the brewing process. This tea retained an interesting light quality and good flavor when you brew it at different temperatures and for different times. I brewed it as a black, oolong, and a green tea. I drank it iced, hot and reheated. I even brewed it cold. Each method produced flavorful and slightly different. I initially called to find out why they were recommending it brewed at a lower temperature than usual for a black tea. I was told I could brew it any way. It was a matter of preference.

        • Tea Body:
        • Medium

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        4.0

        Well-Rounded Darjeeling Blend

        By Aniibiishini

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Connoisseur

        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Fresh
        • Well-rounded

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anytime

          I drink Darjeelings almost exclusively and try to sample several varieties each year. "Triomphe" is a reasonably good blend of early-season Darjeeling teas. While lacking the unique flavor profile and nuance of a single-estate Darjeeling, Teavana has put together a well-rounded blend with a bolder than average flavor in this loose-leaf Darjeeling. As such, it can be enjoyed anytime and may be especially good after a meal or with a dessert.

          It is best brewed loose in a single-serving teapot and poured off immediately when the steep is complete. Like all Darjeelings, this delicate tea is light but easy to over-steep; it will quickly become bitter if left to brew too long. To help prevent this, a quick 15-20 second rinse in boiling water will get rid of dust and broken pieces that contribute to bitterness (as well as warm the pot).

          When carefully brewed, it produces a bright cup with a hint of astringency. Perhaps the biggest thing going for this particular blend is the convenience of being able to buy it locally in a shop.

          • Tea Body:
          • Light
          • Tea Flavor:
          • Astringent, Floral

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          5.0

          Wonderful

          By Michelle

          from Hamilton, NJ

          About Me Tea Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Energizing
          • High Quality
          • Unique Flavor Profile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anytime

            I tend to cycle between black teas and I love coming back to the Darjeeling every time. That being said, I agree with the other users. Brew this one exactly as they tell you to. My friends laugh when I make tea -a thermometer that rings when the water is the right temperature, timer set so I don't over-steep it. But I have yet to get a bad cup of ANY tea by taking my time with it and brewing it nicely. I currently can't wait to empty the black tea tin so I can come back at get some more!

            • Tea Body:
            • Full

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            5.0

            One of the best Darjeelings out there

            By Sean

            from Rochester, MI

            About Me Tea Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Aromatic
            • Energizing
            • Fresh
            • High Quality
            • Smooth Body
            • Unique Flavor Profile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Steep Right
            • Expensive
            • Temperamental

            Best Uses

            • After Meals
            • Anytime
            • Dessert Tea
            • Gifts

            Ever wonder what that string of letters at the bottom of the description is? SFTGFOP-1? That's the grade of this tea. It stands for Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. That is the grade given to the highest quality teas grown in the Darjeeling region. So, to say that this tea is good would be a major understatement. It's the highest quality tea grown in the best tea growing region in the world. The only real faults with this tea happens with all Darjeelings: ten seconds over your steeping time makes what would have been a perfect cup very, very, very bitter. That being said, you do need to steep this differently than most blacks: 175 for 3-4 minutes gets you a very well- rounded cup. This tea needs absolutely nothing added to it to make it taste good.

            This tea starts out like a jasmine green, with a very light black tea note, and finally lingers in your mouth with a sweet, almost honey taste on the sides of the tongue and the back of the throat. Certainly, a nice, light way to unwind in the afternoon!

            • Tea Body:
            • Light
            • Tea Flavor:
            • Floral, honey, Vegetal

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            1.0

            Nasty!

            By Amanda

            from MD

            About Me High-End Shopper, Tea Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

              • Bitter
              • Too Strong

              Best Uses

                I love darjeeling normally and the staff in a Teavana store convinced me to try this one and said it was the king of darjeelings. Well, they were wrong. I take tea to work with me and set my small teapot on my teacup warmer so i can get several cups out of it. I also use the rock sugar, so it has to sit a while to dissolve. Well by the time the rock sugar had dissolved in my teapot, the tea was extremely bitter to the point that I had to throw it out. Tastes very bad if you let it oversteep. definitely a con for me since I don't just make one cup at a time. And it's EXPENSIVE! Too expensive to taste like that!

                • Tea Body:
                • Medium

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