|"Floral abundance comes screaming through - although bitterness and astringency are slight in comparison (but definitely present). The floral notes are what is ultimately powerful here, which is a whole different ballgame from bitterness."|
The dried leaves have a chocolaty, cocoa, and slight spice nose to them. The mix here is varied: mid-sized leaves tightly rolled, broken leaves and bits (unrolled), powdery dust and remnants. The gamut of tea hues are here as well - autumn red pieces mixed with bright greens and darker evergreens - even a peppering of smaller whites and browns as well.
A near-boiling brew (a wait of approximately 60 seconds after full boil) at 3 to 3.5 minutes is what yields the most satisfying cup. A shorter blend tends to be a tad too watery, in my opinion. The cup is pale and slight, but the flavor is bold indeed. Floral abundance comes screaming through - although bitterness and astringency are slight in comparison (but definitely present). The floral notes are what is ultimately powerful here, which is a whole different ballgame from bitterness. The initial lingering on the middle tongue is buttery, then giving way to that floral power around the edges.
It has taken me some time to warm up to true first flush Darjeelings - much in the same manner as with India Pale Ales, which I used to abhor, but now have grown accustomed to (and fond of) high quality IPAs. Much in the same, a nice quality first flush Darjeeling is an acquired taste, and from that point forward there is much to explore.
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