|"The long dark brown leaves are sprinkled with lighter tips and smell of moist tobacco, autumn leaves, and sweet muscatel notes. "|
I steeped a teaspoon of leaves in 8 oz. of 195F water for three minutes and the fragrance intensified amazingly as soon as the hot water hit the leaves, with additional notes of honey and spice. The initial flavor of the dark copper liquor was astringent and woody, followed by cinnamon bark, clove, and honey, with a sweet muscatel finish. The mouth fragrance was full bodied and lingered like an oolong.
The first cup was so full-bodied that I decided to try a second infusion of three minutes. Fragrance, flavor, and finish all held up very well, which is isn’t always the case with Darjeelings, even good ones.
Overall, a very satisfying example of the type!
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