|"On the flavor front, this didn't have much impact. There was a creamy texture to it. Not much else, though."|
The grape-like aroma from these dry leaves was intoxicating and slightly in conflict with its initial drab appearance. One would expect a first flush to be more colorful with their bouquet of greens and browns. This was mostly dark in appearance, resembling a later picking season. Not a critique of the quality, I assure you.
Brewing instructions were not present on the site. I went with 1 tsp for a reserved two-and-a-half-minute infusion in 8oz pre-boil water. This was one of the things I loved about most Darj's. For the snob on the go, they were easy to prepare.
As expected with a spring-grown tea, it brewed quite light; gold-to-amber by way of brown. What was really fun was looking through the transparent cup I used - like seeing the world in sepia tone. Okay, that has no real bearing on this review. I'm just easily distracted, and that seemed cool. The nose was surprisingly muted for a black tea, even a light one. I smelled some hint of floral/spice crispness, that is, if I tried hard enough.
On the flavor front, this didn't have much impact. There was a creamy texture to it. Not much else, though. On the positive front, this didn't embitter at all. I didn't have to wag my tongue. Not sure what I was really expecting from this. I'm new to Darjeeling tastings and have tried some superb ones. This, alas, ranks lower than most.
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