|"Despite this being a first flush estate tea, it doesn't sparkle like a gem in the crown of darjeelings, but certainly comes across as a competent, good tasting tea."|
A first flush tea, these are the first leaves to be picked of the season. Often (perhaps always), first flush pickings have a different character than later pickings in the season from the same tea plants. I was interested to try a first flush darjeeling and found that this tea brewed up to a nice copper colored cup with a light astringency to the scent. The taste was complex. Sweet to start, with astringency in the back and a smooth finish leaning toward a dry and somewhat floral aftertaste. The finish was very clean. While the astringency of this tea is rather marked, it's appropriate. There's no development of bitterness in taste.
I thought this was a fairly fragrant, smooth and consistent cup of tea. The lightness of body inclines me to recommend it for an afternoon cup, or for someone who doesn't like anything too sturdy and strong in the morning.
The second infusion of this tea was lackluster. The color was nice, but the flavor fell flat.
This tea is nice and clean tasting. It would make an excellent iced tea and is a fine choice as far as black teas go. Despite this being a first flush estate tea, it doesn't sparkle like a gem in the crown of darjeelings, but certainly comes across as a competent, good tasting tea.
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