|"I never understood just why Darjeeling was considered to be the champagne of black teas until I tried American Tea Room’s Puttabong SFTGFOP1Q Darjeeling Muscatel. Suddenly it all came clear to me and now I understand why Darjeeling has so many fans."|
My sample arrived to me in American Tea Room’s vacuum sealed bag. I really have to give them kudos for the way they package their samples. You are ensured that you are receiving the freshest tea leaves possible. The tea leaves themselves are thin, wiry and the color of fresh ground coffee beans. They give off the earthy aroma of fallen leaves in the autumn, and nutmeg with undertones of red wine.
Following brewing parameters printed on my sample bag, I used 1 teaspoon of the tea leaves and water that had cooled to 195 degrees. I let it steep for three minutes. The resulting liquor is a golden brown color. The aroma continues to be earthy with hints of nutmeg and a bit of clove. The hint of red wine has dispersed entirely.
The taste… aw to describe the taste. It is times like this that I wish that I had a more poetic frame of mind. Then perhaps I would succeed in adequately conveying pleasure that a sip of the Darjeeling grants. It is crisp and clear with a hint of dryness that hits the edges of the tongue. It is smooth with no bitterness. There is just the hint of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon to tease the senses. Then there is the natural sweetness imparted by the muscatel. In other words, this tea is a pure delight to sip.
Puttabong SFTGFOP1Q Darjeeling Muscatel is the third offering that I am tried from American Tea Room and I have been very pleased by all of them. I recommend spending some time and wandering about their site. Some of their offerings are higher priced but from my experiences, they are worth it.
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