|"The creamy aspect translated to the taste perfectly but with a maltier kick. Floral notes followed close behind, reminding me of magnolias and osthmanthus blossoms pummeled together to enrich the taste."|
Well, it smells like a gold star. The light and dark brown, curly leaves for this Darjeeling possessed the grandest of grape noses I've ever encountered on a pekoe. What it lacked in a spicy aroma, it made up for it in a mouth-watering, nose-running, nostril-curling fruit whiff. Not quite as smoky as the usual "muscatel" label, but close. More in line with a lighter, greener variety.
Brewing instructions on the SerendipiTea profile were pretty standard for a Darj second flush; 1 teaspoon in 195F (or below boiling) water for three minutes. I adhered to this with an 8oz quantity. I would usually go a half-minute lighter, but I figured there wouldn't be any harm given the lighter temp.
It brewed to a solid oak brown, a bit on the lighter side, and possessed a creamy, floral nose. The infusion gave me the vague impression of honey-sweetened peanut butter. Said scent was also slightly woodsy. The creamy aspect translated to the taste perfectly but with a maltier kick. Floral notes followed close behind, reminding me of magnolias and osthmanthus blossoms pummeled together to enrich the taste.
The first time I tried this, it was a dry run. No notes, no measurements, just a blind brew-up. I was having a crummy day, and this exquisite cup soothed me. On a more discerning run, it still lives up and then some - a deep and delicate Darjeeling.
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