|"On the palate, this spirited bright amber brew shone with oaky acorn notes tinged with mulled wine and some hop type floral flavours that seemed refined but not quite distinctive. "|
One has three minutes of chanting the name to summon the tea by brewing at 195°F. There are no specific suggestions offered by American Tea Room for the quantity of tea for each cup but one teaspoon or 2 grams per cup would yield about 40-50 cups for the 3.5 ounces available. One hefty teaspoon of tea per cup brought a spirited bright amber brew, as if a fine cognac, there is a luxury to the tones. The tea hums with dry honeysuckle florals and sweet spicy scents. On the palate, the oaky acorn notes were tinged with mulled wine and some hop type floral flavours that seemed refined but not quite distinctive. The majestic flavour is countered by a thin body coalescing in a short pleasing finish. Continuing through the cup, a coppery tang builds high on the tongue reminiscent of the sensation when drinking or tasting something that is intensely clove flavoured. Although, astringency is common to second flush darjeelings, I found it somewhat bracing depending how the tannins played on my tongue. The regal flavours and the pep of the tea converge with a shade of dryness that coats the mouth. I find the lighter body of the brew and depth of the palate end feeling not quite complete leaving only the dryness with very little aftertaste.
A second steeping brings further cheer, still fragrant and richly hued. The earthy flavours are milder with more leafy woodiness. The body seems a bit fuller than the first while remaining lively and less dry. That seemed to be the end of this téte à téte. Although the third brewing was still a sight with its jewel toned infusion, the brew itself wasn’t as multi-faceted.
With the rich aromatics and dry muscatel zing of this tea, American Tea Room’s Puttabong Darjeeling SFTGOFP1Q would make for a perfect afternoon cup. It would seem particularly well suited to unravel after some mind gripping adventures, like after meditation perhaps or upon finishing a good book. Either way, whenever one has it, the tea could surely bring a smile as easily as saying Puttabong Darjeeling.
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