|"There were hints of something creamy, bordering on molasses, pulverized nutmeg, and maybe a wily grape or two."|
This brown and beige second flush batch differed from others mainly in the smell. Spice was there - as it should be with a Darjeeling - but so was the presence of mint. Not a strong presence, but just enough to wonder if a dash of "nana" had accidentally fallen in with the leaves. Whatever the case, it smelled refreshing. And sinus-clearing.
Brewing instructions per the SerendipiTea site were pretty standard for a Darjeeling; pre-boil hot water, 1 tsp per cup, three-minute steep. That's what I planned to go with anyway.
The liquor brewed light, amber-brown to a fair auburn. The aroma couldn't be called anything other than standard for a lighter black tea - not really malty, not really floral, just mildly robust. Taste-wise, there were hints of something creamy, bordering on molasses, pulverized nutmeg, and maybe a wily grape or two. It was pleasant enough, much in the way a second "Ghostbusters" movie was. I was delighted, I was entertained, but it wasn't something that would hold my fancy for years to come. "Good" is a flighty mistress of a mood.
— To purchase SerendipiTea Darjeeling Second Flush Seeyok Estate, 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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