Review of Tesco’s Darjeeling Tea

Earl grey is one of my favourite teas I find it to be a light and refreshing tea that works really well milk free. So it’s perfect for dairy free me. That said I am always on the look out for new varieties of tea to try. Whilst shopping in Tesco recently I spotted that they sold Darjeeling teabags in their Finest range. It was marketed as a delicate tea with a mild strength rating of 1. This seemed to be the perfect tea to try milk free so I just had to give this tea a try.
I really liked the design of the packaging and was drawn to the description of the tea being uniquely flavoured with hints of muscatel. I loved the instructions on how to make the tea, always warm the teapot first with boiling water. Everyone who makes me a cup of tea always knows that I must have my cup or mug warmed with hot water first. This tea seemed to be made just for me.
On opening the box there was a sealed foil package with the wording Darjeeling. On opening the foil I was greeted by an aroma of a subtle faint aroma of an everyday black tea. I was expecting an aroma from the muscatel so I was a tad disappointed by this. That said I hoped that the weaker aroma would lead to a weaker tea. I placed the teabag in my favourite tea cup and added the freshly boiled water. The teabag immediately infused with the water to produce a light brown colour. I left the teabag infuse with the hot water for the 4-5 minutes as instructed. Interestingly the aroma of the tea didn’t seem to intensify and remained pretty much the same as it did on removing it from the foil packet. As for the taste I’m afraid that it tasted like a weaker version of an everyday black tea. I was unable to taste the hints of muscatel.
So would I recommend this Darjeeling tea. If I am honest probably not. It’s flavour and aroma don’t quiet match up to its description of having being uniquely flavoured with muscatel. It was however a light and refreshing tea. It might therefore be suited to those who like a weak everyday black tea. Sorry Tesco’s but this Darjeeling tea just wasn’t really to my liking.


  1. August 16, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Shame! It looked a very sleek and inviting packaging.

    • August 16, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      Indeed it is a shame. I must stop falling for the packaging of tea.

    • December 22, 2016 / 5:29 am

      I am very particular, I loved this tea. Sometimes I think people criticize just trying to impress. It is a beautiful afternoon tea.

      • December 23, 2016 / 8:13 pm

        Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my tea review. I try to be honest with all my reviews. The good thing about tea is there are so many choices and what one person doesn’t like someone else my enjoy. I’m glad that you enjoy this tea, Chloe.

  2. August 17, 2016 / 7:07 am

    Not tried this but I love the packaging on the Tesci finest range just so pretty!

    • August 17, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Hi, yes the packaging is pretty, it’s just a shame what’s inside lets it down. Time to find some more Darjeeling teas to try. Do you have any recommendations ?

  3. August 17, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Sometimes the packaging is not as good as the tea itself, I always got tricked

    • August 17, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my tea review. Sadly, I fell for the packaging on this occasion. At least there is lots of other teas to try, Chloe.

      • August 18, 2016 / 11:05 am

        Oh yes, the tea market is huge and it’s good to read review beforehand so you don’t get tricked 🙂

        • August 18, 2016 / 6:15 pm

          Indeed I always read tea reviews where possible. It also helps me find new teas to try.

  4. August 17, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    That box is beautiful! I’d probably just set it on a shelf for decoration!

    • August 17, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my latest tea review. The box certainly would make a lovely decoration. Just a shame about its contents, Chloe.

  5. August 21, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    I agree that the packaging is so eye catching! I would have purchased it just for that right away lol. Sorry to hear that the tea wasn’t as lovely. Darjeeling is a personal favourite of mine.

    • August 21, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who would fall for the packaging. Do you have any Darjeeling teas that you could recommend that I could try, Chloe.

      • Julie
        August 23, 2016 / 10:48 pm

        A company called Two Leaves and a Bud ( makes a wonderful Darjeeling pyramid infuser filled with loose leaf tea. It’s glorious! They ship around the world.

        Another suggestion would be to try the well established tea companies in your neck of the woods. Whittards of Chelsea, Fortnum and Mason and Twinings all have excellent selections and lots of variety of Darjeelings (i.e. First Flush [first picking] and different farms in Darjeeling).

        • August 24, 2016 / 5:52 am

          Thank you so much for your help. I shall Google Two a Leaves and a Bud as this sounds perfect. I shall also try Fortnum and Mason. Thanks again, Chloe.

      • Julie
        August 24, 2016 / 11:59 am

        You’re welcome 🙂

  6. September 19, 2016 / 9:15 am

    most darjeeling teas that come in tea bags are disappointing. i have yet found one to be as good as the darjeeling tea that comes as loose-leaf variety. if you haven’t tried one, go and do it. buy the best one you can afford and compare it to all of your past tries of darjeeling tea bags.

    • September 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Hi, I agree tea leaves are a much better option, but it often not possible for me to have these. I think that I need to treat myself to some posh Darjeeling, Chloe.

  7. November 8, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Thanks for the review! I love strong tea with lots of flavour so it’s good to know about this one x.

    • November 8, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      No problem, I glad that you found it helpful.

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