|" The fragrance was at once cocoa and fruit, like chocolate-covered plums. "|
The dark, wiry leaves were well sprinkled with light silver and gold tips and had a slight sheen that comes from the light "furring" that occurs on young leaves. The fragrance was at once cocoa and fruit, like chocolate-covered plums.
A rounded teaspoonful infused in 195F water for two minutes yielded a fairly fragrant cup of a light copper color. The chocolate-plum notes persisted, with notes of almond and lemon. The flavor rolled over the tongue in a kaleidoscope of flavors. It began as salty/tart on the tip of my tongue, then turned to pure honeyed plums and muscatel on the middle and back, with a dry, astringent finish. The honey flavor lingered some minutes in my mouth, with hints of lime. Given the amount of astringency in this cup I wouldn't push the first steeping time much further than the two minute mark to avoid tipping into bitterness.
A second infusion of three minutes gave me a drier cup, lacking that magical sweetness, with more muscatel. It was still very drinkable, with no stewed flavor and a mildly sweet finish, certainly not anywhere near as complex as the first infusion.
I've reviewed a number of Thunderbolt's teas and so far they are reliably good quality and very tasty. This one doesn't have the wow factor of say, their '09 Giddapahar Musk, but it's still very good.
— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Goomtee Muscatel Valley FTGFOP1 2009 2nd 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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