Review: Darjeeling Second Flush

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Thumbs up!"This is everything I want from a second flush Darjeeling and more."
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weareteadarjeelingDarjeelings are kind of like a dog show. All the dogs there are wonderful, but they win when they're extra-wonderful and show the traits of their breed effectively. Or at least that's my understanding from what my dog-loving husband told me. Most Darjeelings are good, but a great one properly demonstrates the characteristics of the famous leaf while at the same time managing to stand out because of its exquisite quality. This particular example seems unimposing at first, with its small brown and green leaves and hints of silver. It smells rich and savoury, like a chicken breast lovingly coated in Italian seasoning and baked to perfection that your dog stole from the counter and dragged all over the house.

I tossed 14 ounces of 208° water over two teaspoons of leaf for three minutes. The liquor is a deep copper and smells literally (and trust me, when I use that word, I mean it the way it's meant to be used) mouthwatering. It is rich, though not quite as savoury as the dry leaf, and the scent as a whole makes me anticipate some astringency in the flavour.

The flavour is sweet, savoury, rich, bold, complex, and floral with a hint of muscatel. This is everything I want from a second flush Darjeeling and more. The astringency I expected is present, increasing as the cup cools, but it only makes my mouth water more, adding exponentially to the experience. It has a rounded mouthfeel and - I'm going to use an extremely tea technical phrase here - copious amounts of yum.

My three-minute second steep smells strongly of muscatel and is slightly more astringent than the first steep to begin, but this time it mellows as the cup cools. This doesn't quite have the wow factor of the first steep, but it is still distinct and worthy of its name. My attempt at a third steep is shallow and unexciting, so I would keep this to only two.

This tea is a good example as to why I love Teaviews. ships from the UK, so on my own I wouldn't brave buying this without direction. In case you're looking for direction, know that I'm pointing this way.

— To purchase Darjeeling Second Flush, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: Darjeeling Second Flush”

  1. Marlena Says:

    You make me want to run to the PO and send in my order!

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