Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|" A sturdy, complex cup with spicy-citrus crispiness, woodsy notes and a caramel-like sweetness"|
This second flush Nepal tea is a single-estate tea from the Ilam Chiya bari estate. The dry leaves run the gamut from pale green to golden tan to dark brownish black. My sample of leaves also varied largely in size, with some being big and others being very small bits. The dry leaves offer a sturdy aroma that consists of smoky, woodsy, and bready notes. I used just under-boiling water and steeped the leaves for about three minutes. The tea is a rich amber color. The first thing that impressed me upon sipping this tea is the intensity of the flavor, which comes off as crisp and clean, never lacking. The tea does possess a bitterness, which is some cases can be a negative thing. But here, the bitterness is not so strong as to be unpleasant, but instead it is perfectly balanced to complement the other flavors. I picked up on a spicy-citrus crispiness, as well as woodsy notes and caramel-like sweetness. The flavor really lasts in the mouth and the tea has an appreciable mouth-feel. In all, this is a sturdy, complex cup, and one that will likely appeal to a wide range of drinkers. I would not hesitate to recommend this to others, and at $5.00 per 100 grams, this is not only an excellent tea, but also an excellent bargain.
— To purchase DarjeelingTeaXpress Special Himalayan Second Flush Black Tea, 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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