|"This is a very nice Darjeeling, with lots of flowery muscatel notes. It’s not the most sophisticated tea I’ve had but certainly an enjoyable cup for everyday use."|
This is my first time trying a tea from this company. Browsing through their website, I wish there was more emphasis on the features of their teas versus labelling them by the colour of their cloth bags. This particular offering is available in “deep brown velvet packaging”. Like a dutiful boyfriend, it promises to deliver chocolate and flowers. The choppy-looking leaves are a rich shade of chocolate brown. They don’t have much of a scent as far as I can tell, just a hint of grass.
I brew a level teaspoonful into 250ml of freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. As I pour the water, a lovely muscatel scent wafts from the leaves. The dark coppery cup features some soft malt, toasted bread and flower notes. There is also a tinge of cocoa, muscatel and crisp celery. The overall effect is quite balanced and smooth, without any acidity or roughness.
I re-brew the leaves again for 3 and a half minutes. The taste and feel are a little more rugged this time, mint and burnt bread flavours leading the way. The cup gets smoother as it cools, malt notes becoming more prominent. It’s really a decent second steep, especially as far as black teas are concerned.
I try a last attempt, following a 4 and a half minute long infusion. It’s quite bland. Really I should have quit while I was ahead. There are some malt notes, with vegetal undertones, but not much else. On the plus side, the results are still completely smooth.
This is a very nice Darjeeling, with lots of flowery muscatel notes. It features a good amount of natural sweetness. I found no milk or sugar were necessary. It’s also very cheap. It’s not the most sophisticated tea I’ve had but certainly an enjoyable cup for everyday use. The fancy cloth bag would also make this a good choice for a gift.
— To purchase Aap Ki Pasand Fine Darjeeling Dark Roast, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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