|"Robust, heavy, and full-bodied with a smooth finish... not quite as malty as other Darjeelings. I very much enjoyed this one."|
The leaves have a unique bouquet. That is really the only was to describe it. Not unique among Darjeelings, but rather unique to Darjeelings. It does not have the smell of a traditional black tea, an Oolong, or a green tea, but rather a hint of each ...œ as if it were its own class. Darjeelings are often processed slightly less than other black teas, making them closer to an Oolong. With this one, there is a hint of green tea in the mix, almost like an Oolong ...œ Green mix. The aroma of the brewed cup however is that of a black tea. It reminds me a little of an Earl Gray: Black tea with a hint of something else.
The taste is that of a strong black tea. Robust, heavy, and full-bodied, the normal astringent taste is noticeable in the middle of the sip, but almost completely subdued at the end, giving it a very smooth finish. This is only the second Darjeeling I have tried, but clearly the superior of the two. Only slightly malty, this Darjeeling would appeal to anyone who drinks traditional black tea.
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