New Moon Darjeeling, Organic

Autumnal & Muscatel  

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Organic Darjeeling

Tasting Notes:

We have found the perfectly balanced autumnal flush Darjeeling style in this fresh, full leaf single garden tea from the Kanchanjanga Estate in Nepal. The amber liquor rests gently on the palate while delivering bright sweet muscatel notes expected from a premium darjeeling.


  • Organic Darjeeling Tea
  • Origin: Nepal
  • Grade: SFTGFOP (Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe)
  • Sample ~ 5 servings
  • Bulk 3.0 oz ~ 40 servings
  • Bulk 1 LB ~ 220 servings
  • Caffeine: High

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Steeping Guide
1 tsp
3-4 min
Per 8 oz. water

Black Tea

  • Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging
  • Calorie-free, Fat-free, Gluten-free
  • Black Tea is known to banish fatigue, stimulate mental powers, and raise energy levels. It has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels and acts as a nerve sedative, frequently relieving headaches. Black tea contains a number of vitamins considered essential for maintaining health, including Carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, has antioxidant and protective properties, Vitamin B1 and Panothenic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.

    Black Tea also contains antioxidants which may help to protect your body from the ravages of aging and environmental effects. Because they are allowed to ferment completely before drying, most black teas are especially rich in those polyphenols which have been shown to be effective against dementia in aging as well as AIDS related dementia. These compounds penetrate the blood brain barrier and have also been found to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

    Black tea is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be topically applied to cuts, bruises and burns, and is famous for its sunburn relief and has been shown to have a positive effect on preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

    * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    "Death by Darjeeling" Chocolate Cake
    For this cake, there are so few ingredients and the flavors are so pronounced, one should use the highest quality chocolate, Darjeeling Tea, and butter available.
    INGREDIENTS: ½ cup Darjeeling tea concentrate: brew 3 tsp NEW MOON DARJEELING tea leaves in ½ cup boiling water for 4 minutes; 100g dark chocolate. Amongst the best are the single plantation Michel Cluizel "Ilha Toma" bar or Valhrona "Grand Cru"; ½ cup butter; 3 eggs, at room temperature and separated; 1 cup sugar; pinch of salt; ¾ cup flour, sifted; ½ cup whipping cream.
    PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350° F. Melt the chocolate and butter in the tea concentrate in a double boiler. Let cool slightly. Cream the egg yolks with the sugar. Mix in the flour and salt. Gently blend in the chocolate mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold carefully into the batter. Bake for 30+ minutes, or until done. It is best to use a flexible rubber cake pan for baking chocolate, as they are easiest to unmold (like the Llorente flexible cake pan, available at the Peppercorn). The cake should be slightly moist in the center. Serve with freshly whipped cream. It goes well, naturally, with Darjeeling. We also enjoy it with Marsala wine, which with its warm, complex flavors pairs beautifully with baked chocolate desserts. Serves 8–10

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    Requested a sample and ordered more. Leaves smell wonderful, very, very nice flavor.—regina
    I tend to blend. In the afternoon I blend this with dark roast Oolong, and sometimes Celon orange pekoe.Much smoother than my black assam organic,blk. pu'erh morning mix.The Darjeeling is also very, very nice alone. bracing cuppa afternoon tea.—gina
    I heard there was a new, better version of this in stock. Happy to report it's a lot better than the older version. The "nose" is pure Indian summer -- sun-dried apricot, sun-baked red rose bush and sweet hay. There are plenty of golden tips on the leaves, always a good sign! As the tea was percolating in the pot, it was a bit of a rascal. All my nose could tell me was: standard black, a bit of tannic edge, some aromatic woodsiness/tobacco, a tinge caramel -- but there was no floral, fruitiness, or what I used to think was distinctive Darjeeling -- the essence of currant and vine. But just wait. The proof's in the teacup. The first infusion sips ultra smooth, with a silkiness of liquor I never before associated with Darjeeling. It tastes of so many things autumnal I'm having a bit of a time identifying all the flavor components -- more vineyard than floral but more floral than fruity... like drinking in a scent. After this scent dances across your palate, you are left with the pleasantest of reminders that you've had a most refined guest to tea. You must lean into the conversation because the lady is a bit reserved. I think the taste more fully emerges as this tea cools. The second infusion is almost as lush as the first with the Darjeeling "muscatel" character (red roses, stone fruit, exotic woods and vineyard) a bit more opened out. You get the same silkiness of mouthfeel, but no sourness or astringency -- simply amazing! The third infusion (steeped for 6 minutes) is quite lovely. The flavors have softened and diminished, but the middle note -- that burnished "live wire" vineyard character that hooks you in with a Darjeeling -- lingers, revealing its floral heart. This is the infusion where you taste New Moon's perfume to the fullest. —Sophie
    Pleasant, currant-y, somewhat astringent Darjeeling that leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue. Wasn't wild about the very first infusion which seemed flat, but the second infusion of my first try was where things seemed to take off. For the first few sips, it tasted like a completely different tea: perfumed, woodsy, floral. The balance and roundedness of each sip was delightful. I thought: I could get hooked on this. But then all that flavor went away. Got up and left at the fourth sip and I was back to just kind of ordinary. The remaining try I made with this tea (since I only got a sample) yielded more of the 'O' not 'A' level brew. If you can nail the exact brewing conditions this tea requires, it's about a 4, but the window of opportunity is narrow. Good luck. —Sophie
    I've been looking for an organic loose Darjeeling tea for years that isn't too bold and isn't too floral. The search is over. —Nicole
    I am not really a black tea fan, but I got a sample of this and was very impressed. It has a very floral flavor to it, making it almost like a jasmine green tea. —Corey
    I have long been a fan of Darjeeling teas and this one doesn't disappoint. Classy afternoon tea. —Olivia
    I love to add cream and raw sugar to this tea. This is so much better than coffee. —Tea Lover
    This tea was pleasant, but not a stand out for me. I did enjoy the gentle almost bergamot-like flavor of the tea mixed with cedar, but I wanted more. I did steep it at 195 F and for the full 4 minutes. Perhaps I will try increasing the amount of tea to 1.5 tsp per 8oz or increasing the temperature by 5 degrees to see if the flavors come through more. —Erica B.
    Darjeeling has always been my staple morning tea. Now I have found the perfect Darjeeling that I will reorder over and over. This one sets the bar high!—Patti
    This tea has flavor, it's just very delicate. I love it. —Tawn
    This tea is amazing ... it is my go to tea for daily drinking. It is full of flavor without being to bold. It has a smooth finish.—Hthorn
    I had high hopes for this tea given the high ratings. Even after doubling the recommended steep time and doubling the amount of tea per 8 oz of water, I still cannot get this tea to have any flavor. I enjoy all types of tea, but this Darjeeling is not right. —Kevin
    I received a sample of this tea with a recent purchase, and I loved it so much that I had to login and order immediately. Great flavor and beautiful color. I also noticed increased sharpness of mind at work. Very effective early afternoon tea.—Carmen R.
    This is a great tasting Darjeeling. Very smooth and great to start my morning.—Dawn P
    A great 2nd flush Darjeeling that yielded 3 solid infusions the first time that I tried this. Nothing super fancy here... just great quality, whole-leaf tea that yields a bright flavor profile, a smooth finish, and a beautiful golden hue. Quick, short infusions of less than 2 minutes worked well for me.—Dan Rogers
    I like this tea. Darjeelings usually leave my mouth feeling dry, but this one doesn't, it's really easy to drink, and you can tell it's a very pure tea.—Anna
    I love the freshness of the leaves in this tea. They look fresh picked in my steeping mug, and open up way more than any other Darjeeling I've tried. And Oh...the tea tastes great too! Thank you to The Tea Spot!—Amanda K.
    Peachy, delicate and subtly crisp. Well balanced. I've recommended it to my friends and family who like high-end teas.—Joan
    lightly fruity and even a little nutty edge in the flavor. Very interesting, yet subtle. I'd agree that it doesn't scorch your mouth like some other Darjeelings would. But what does the "new moon" mean, I wonder?—Sondra
    No where near the best Darjeeling I have had, it really was only good with milk and then it was ok. My friends didn't like it either and didn't want to try it with milk, inspite of the improvement—Marlena
    Very tasty darjeeling! It is very good with a couple of rosebuds added (see herbal tea section). Do not oversteep this tea, especially the first steeping (it's good for three or so steepings).—Kristina
    New Moon Darjeeling was my first introduction to darjeeling tea and fortunately for me, or unfortunately for other tea companies, I will never have any other. This tea is truly amazing. It is both aromatic and has a smooth and clean feeling on your palate. I am so glad I found this tea!—Judy Wright
    This tea is truly incredible. It was also my first darjeeling tea, and I really didn't have an idea of what to expect. The first time I tried it, I knew it was amazing. There's almost no way to describe it. It almost tastes like the tea has been very lightly smoked, sort of, but it is very mild and smooth, and has tons of subtle flavors going on. I may not be able to describe the flavor, but I know it's my new favorite black tea!—Chris Brendel