|"These leaves are flavourful enough to be enjoyed absentmindedly but pausing to take notice reveals a complex and intricate tableau."|
Being a first flush, I decided to infuse the leaves in slightly cooler water. I brewed one generous teaspoon of leaves in water heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 3 and a half minutes. The toffee-coloured cup is indeed delicate and gentle. The flavour profile seesaws between sweet, malty tones and brinier toasted bread ones. The fruity finish reminds me of the scent of green apples, mixed with fresh-tasting grass notes. There is a floral dimension present throughout as well, but it's elusive and hard to pinpoint at times - it's certainly not what dominates the cup. A second, 4 minute steep produces a cup that is still pleasantly sweet and malty. However it feels a little thin to be truly satisfying. If I were to re-steep again, I would brew the leaves for another minute at least, to get more oomph out of them.
These leaves are flavourful enough to be enjoyed absentmindedly but pausing to take notice reveals a complex and intricate tableau. This is a reasonably priced, high quality tea. It's definitely good value when one considers it's organic. I would recommend this satisfying tea to those looking for a gently fruity Darjeeling.
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