|"Although somewhat muscatel, that does not really describe the bland flavor here, nor the utter disappointment in what results from what was expected to be a fine Darjeeling."|
The aroma of the dried leaf is very fine, evoking a sweet, woody scent. The leaves are uniform in shape and size, with a fair amount of tippy golden hued leaves peppered amongst the mahogany-toned bulk of the tea. A surprising amount of dusty fannings also appears in the mix, which seems odd given a tea of purported rareness and high quality.
The initial cupping at a 3-minute steep is somewhat uninspiring to me. It effectively reminds me of that 2nd or 3rd cup, when trying to eke out extra tea from some leaves that are not meant to be re-steeped. I hate to use the term "dishwater" as that's so unappetizing and not entirely apropos, but I can't shake the feeling here. A second infusion of Darjeeling is typically more telling of its true flavor, but here it just intensifies the flavors of the first cup. Although somewhat muscatel, that does not really describe the bland flavor here, nor the utter disappointment in what results from what was expected to be a fine Darjeeling. Despite being a rare find and a hand-selected offering from true tea mavens, I have personally enjoyed countless other Darjeelings much more than this one and am perplexed at this tea's title.
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