|"Overall, this Darjeeling holds not too many surprises, but it is of excellent quality. The sweetness from the second steeping has won me over, and I could see myself resorting almost exclusively to this tea for my Darjeeling needs."|
The Darjeeling Tresor Black Tea on offer here has a dried leaf blend that on first appearance contains quite a mixture: occasional medium-length full leaves, tightly rolled; a majority of smaller, broken pieces; and a color blend of 75% brown leaves (from mahogany to a redwood color) and 25% beautiful yellow gold buds that appear extremely tippy. Aroma-wise, there is a very earthy/woody scent to this tea, with hints of maple syrup and cedar on the nose.
I began my brew with sub-boiling water at around the 3-minute mark. During the steep, the leaves unfurl perfectly, revealing their true shapes and sizes, in addition to a surprise dash of green hues, some stems, and other hidden tidbits. The liquor brews up a standard black tea shade. The taste from this first cup is premium Darjeeling flavor all the way. Very smooth, no significant bitterness or astringency, though wisps of a hint of each can be detected. As such, temperature and steeping time must be watched closely. For the second infusion, I tried water about 5-10 degrees cooler, and the same 3-minute mark. Flavors in the second cup are just as bold, and significantly more sweet - a slightly superior cup to the first. A third cup, kept at around 190-200 degrees with a 3 minute infusion, presents a weaker, more watery cup, with much subtler flavors. A long-after aftertaste leaves the mouth with a dry oak feeling.
Overall, this Darjeeling holds not too many surprises, but it is of excellent quality. The sweetness from the second steeping has won me over, and I could see myself resorting almost exclusively to this tea for my Darjeeling needs.
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