|"It was like being transported to another time on the back of a firebird, all the while having bronze-skinned women feeding me muscatel grapes."|
This Nepalese second flush brought a lot to the table. By smell alone, I was swirling with images of earth, rare fruits, flowers and spices of unknown origin. It was like being transported to another time on the back of a firebird, all the while having bronze-skinned women feeding me muscatel grapes. The leaves were multiple shades of light green to dark brown, curled, twisty, and delicious-looking. It looked like Middle-Eastern trail mix.
Brewing instructions on the SerendipiTea site echoed my own thoughts on second flush infusions; 195F water for three minutes. I did exactly this with 8oz of water and 1 tsp of tea leaves. I figured this would have a few similarities to a Darjeeling of the same season.
SerendipiTea mentioned to expect a lighter brew similar to a Darjeeling but mellower on delivery. They were spot-on with that description. The liquor brewed to a medium amber with a distinctively caramelized nose. What a wonderful scent! I'd only ever encountered one Darjeeling with that characteristic.
The taste made my shoulders slump in sheer awe. That caramel aspect carried over to the taste with a light malt and earthy dance on the tongue. The floral aspect could be found as well, but more of a peripheral sensation. This was how a high-altitude black should be...for I was indeed high. And the best part, no tannic bitterness. No dryness either. This is a treasure. An affordable one.
Now where did those grape-feeding girls go?
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