Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Crisp muscatel and earthy flavors of the Darjeeling comes through (i.e. there is no doubt that one is drinking Darjeeling), but there is no bitterness whatsoever. Instead, there is a slightly nutty Formosa oolong flavor in its place."|
Peaceful Accord is a unique tea that blends Darjeeling First Flush with Formosa oolong tea. I don't think I have ever had a tea quite like this combination. The dry blend consists of larger, fluffy leaves with the oolong and Darjeeling leaves each being readily identifiable and distinguishable. The dry leaves have an enticing aroma of muscatel, raisins, and perhaps a hint of tobacco. After multiple preparations, I found the best approach was to use sub-boiling waer and a three minute steep. The brewed tea has a crisp and clean flavor that is primarily characteristic of a good Darjeeling, but the oolong definitely contributes by sweetening the brew and providing a smooth finish. I have tried many a Darjeeling and while many refer to them as the "champagne of teas", I've often found that Darjeeling teas have a bitter aftertaste that, in my opinion, leaves much to be desired. Crisp muscatel and earthy flavors of the Darjeeling comes through (i.e. there is no doubt that one is drinking Darjeeling), but there is no bitterness whatsoever. Instead, there is a slightly nutty Formosa oolong flavor in its place. This was a surprisingly delightful tea. I drank this tea three days straight before getting around to review this tea, and I enjoyed each cup equally. Hot or cold, this tea was delicious and worth drinking. The only negative thing I can say about this tea is that it did not hold up to multiple steepings as well as I expected, since both Darjeelings and oolongs typically allow for multiple infusions. Each time I tried a second infusion, the brew was rather weak and the flavor fleeting. I would recommend a much extended infusion time on subsequent infusions to coax out as much flavor as possible. The first infusion is clearly where this tea shines, and this tea has much to offer because it is a unique and easy-drinking blend. I would highly recommend this tea to anyone looking for a clean-tasting blend.
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