Darjeeling Sourcing?

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Darjeeling Sourcing?

by Poseidon » Aug 20th 14 12:10 pm

Does anyone have any reliable vendors for Darjeeling? Ive been fixing a cup in the morning for a boost and its been great. The flavor explosion is wonderful and it fills my car/room with its musky smell.

Anyway, Im having some trouble sourcing a vendor. Any help is appreciated as always. :mrgreen:

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by Bef » Aug 20th 14 12:19 pm

I would suggest Camellia Sinensis. You can send them an e-mail and ask for recommendations by Kevin, their Darjeeling specialist.

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by bonescwa » Aug 20th 14 2:43 pm

Upton is a better deal most of the time

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by Poseidon » Aug 20th 14 3:05 pm

bonescwa wrote:Upton is a better deal most of the time
But is it the same quality?

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by bonescwa » Aug 20th 14 3:22 pm

Darjeeling is darjeeling, they are named after the plantation they are supposedly grown in

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by Chip » Aug 20th 14 3:35 pm

bonescwa wrote:Darjeeling is darjeeling, they are named after the plantation they are supposedly grown in
IMHO, this could not be further from the truth ... there is more smoke and mirrors going on with Darjeeling than just about any origin. In fact, tea labeled Darjeeling may be diluted with teas from other sources. Remember this, each year there is more tea sold as Darjeeling than there is Darjeeling tea produced.

And each plantation offers multiple lots, some may be sensational and others not so ...

Upton does a decent job sourcing Darjeeling, but they are not top notch.

Bottom line, if you want the best Darjeeling, you need to buy from a Darjeeling specialist.

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by sherubtse » Aug 20th 14 4:29 pm

Chip wrote:Bottom line, if you want the best Darjeeling, you need to buy from a Darjeeling specialist.
Agreed!

So I would second the nomination of Camellia-Sinensis. Or if you wish to have access to a less curated, more hit-and-miss selection, then Teabox would fit the bill.

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by bonescwa » Aug 20th 14 5:59 pm

But Chip, I'm just saying that just because a company charges more for a product with the same name doesn't mean that it's not subjected to the same smoke and mirrors. I have tried tea from both places and I don't see the supposed increase in quality from CS, only the increased prices for the same product.

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by Tead Off » Aug 20th 14 6:14 pm

Stop worrying and buy from Tea Emporium online. This small shop in Darjeeling deals directly with the various gardens and Rajiv is a good guy who knows his tea well.

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by Poseidon » Aug 20th 14 6:35 pm

Tead Off wrote:Stop worrying and buy from Tea Emporium online. This small shop in Darjeeling deals directly with the various gardens and Rajiv is a good guy who knows his tea well.
That looks like some very nice stuff. I may be treating myself soon for the ol' birthday! Thanks Tead Off! :mrgreen:

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by entropyembrace » Aug 20th 14 7:10 pm

http://www.thunderbolttea.com/ is another place you can get top notch darjeeling from :)

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by sherubtse » Aug 20th 14 7:45 pm

entropyembrace wrote:http://www.thunderbolttea.com/ is another place you can get top notch darjeeling from :)
Yes, I was going to suggest that as another source, but you beat me to it! :mrgreen:

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by Bef » Aug 20th 14 9:56 pm

Tead Off wrote:Stop worrying and buy from Tea Emporium online. This small shop in Darjeeling deals directly with the various gardens and Rajiv is a good guy who knows his tea well.
Thanks!

I will try that website. BTW, the URL is http://www.teaemporium.net/ (there is another Tea Emporium website that is not related)

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by 茶藝-TeaArt08 » Aug 21st 14 8:25 pm

I spent the month of May traveling with Daniel of Darjeeling.cz in Taiwan. He has an amazing palate for tea in general and specifically for Darjeeling teas. He had just received his spring teas and brought them to Taiwan to give out to people as gifts. Though we drank a lot of Taiwanese tea, the irony of this trip to Taiwan was just how much good Darjeeling tea we drank everywhere as we traveled. He has longstanding relationships in Darjeeling and Darjeeling tea is the first tea he began selling many years ago before he broadened the selection on Darjeeeling.cz.

After I got home from Taiwan I received my Petr Novak teapot that I purchased from him packaged entirely with 50g bags of first and second flush Darjeeling tea instead of standard cushioning/packaging material as a way of saying thanks for the guiding and translating. :shock: All the teas he sent are really nice teas! He is also a wonderful person with a passion for tea.

http://www.darjeeling.cz/en

Blessings!

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Re: Darjeeling Sourcing?

by daidokorocha » Aug 22nd 14 2:25 am

This is good information... as I've been thinking about adding some darjeeling to my collection as of late... but I can't bring myself to spend money on darjeeling.