|"The tea has a remarkable sweetness and strong notes of floral fruitiness that linger in the mouth. As the tea cools a bit in your cup, a light and pleasantly puckery astringency develops alongside. "|
The dry leaf is primarily dark in composition - a pretty melange of olive, brown and black leaves ranging from short to medium in length. The scent of the leaf is that distinctly attractive Darjeeling blend of sweetly vegetal, fruity floral and lightly astringent goodness. I used a heaped tablespoon of leaf to a 24 ounce pot, heating my water to a boil and then allowing it to cool off to 208 degrees. I steeped a scant 3 minutes to start.
The steeping tea emits a very sweet, dry and vegetal scent with plenty of complexity. The leaves unfurl and swell prettily. The color of the steeped tea is beautiful, a bit like an autumn honey, only a little lighter and with a slightly rosy tint. The taste, even quite hot from the pot, is awesome! With dancing fruity and floral notes and a super sweet taste followed by a clean, light weight astringency to finish, you will perhaps find yourself commenting aloud with pleasure. Champagne of teas, indeed.
I found this tea to have such a sweet, strong character that I really think the drinker need not even consider any additions to this tea. Even a drinker who loves milk, sugar, or what have you with their tea should enjoy this one just as is. The tea has a remarkable sweetness and strong notes of floral fruitiness that linger in the mouth. As the tea cools a bit in your cup, a light and pleasantly puckery astringency develops alongside. The tea retains a wonderful sweetness with lots of floral notes, managing to have a delicacy to the taste that could never be described as weak along with a strength of character that holds up to multiple infusions. Excellent!!
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