|"This tea is well worth a try for it's round, creamy feel, rich toasted bread notes, and exceptionally sweet profile."|
I brewed the tea using a teaspoon of leaves steeped in water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for the recommended 3 minutes. The fragrance of the brick red cup is surprisingly sweet, biscuity and malty. Indeed, to the taste vibrant malt and toasted bread notes are at the fore. The finish that follows is sweet and full of the promised muscatel notes. The mouth feel is slightly oily, lending a rich, decadent quality to the cup. There is a slight dry kick, but nothing so pronounced that it would adversely impact the flavour profile. If anything, it just enhances the initial impression of creamy smoothness. This tea is stout enough to take milk and sugar. However it's so sweet and creamy on it's own, I couldn't bring myself to alter it in any way!
I steeped the leaves again for 4 and a half minutes. Muscatel notes are still plentiful at this stage. The overall profile is daintier but quite pleasant nonetheless, with undertones of vanilla and apricot. Despite the longer steep time, there is no bitterness coming from the leaves. The dryness mentioned earlier is still present, but kept in check by the overarching sweet, fruity notes.
It's not the most intensely muscatel-flavoured Darjeeling out there but it does satisfy in that regard. My biggest disappointment was with the packaging of my sample, which was not airtight whatsoever. I can scarcely imagine how good this tea would be, had it been better preserved! Otherwise, this tea is well worth a try for it's round, creamy feel, rich toasted bread notes, and exceptionally sweet profile.
— To purchase Darjeeling Tea Exclusive Muscatel FTGFOP1, Castleton Second Flush 2010, 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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