|"A somewhat-finicky tea that works best with shorter infusions. When properly prepared, a sweet maltiness on the nose with an even-sweeter caramel or toffee note results. When oversteeped, a "dishwater" impression is left, and does not sit well."|
Generally speaking, my best results with this tea were obtained with 3-minute infusions, as the 5-minute steeps just left a lackluster taste and an inability for a second infusion. The shorter steep retains that sweet maltiness on the nose in the cup, with even a more sweet caramel or toffee note. That translates less so to the palette, but the flavor is savory and becomes more enjoyable as the cup is sipped. A second infusion is less successful, but an acceptable cup. Nowhere near what a typical quality Darjeeling gives in its second infusion. Also, the longer infusions leave a "dishwater" type of impression with me, and did not sit well. So I think the 3-minute infusion is the secret to this tea's success, and would recommend sticking with one initial infusion.
All told, when pinned down just right, this makes a fine malty cup. It's quite unlike most Darjeelings I have enjoyed, but makes for a nice addition to the cupboard for variety's sake. However, the tentative nature of this tea to go off the edge makes it somewhat less desirable, and certainly finer choices do exist.
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