|"Overt taste qualities are fruity sweet with floral notes just hinting around. Mostly, this is a fruity sweet tea with a full, ripe flavor and a pleasant astringency winding things up. "|
The scent of the dry leaf is mellow and sweet with fruity notes apparent.
I used a teaspoon of leaf to 8 ounces of freshly boiled water and steeped for three minutes. I added just a little bit of sweetener to my tea. The liquor is deep orange/copper in color; dark for a Darjeeling. The flavor is smooth and very full in terms of body and taste both. There's a rich ripeness that is nearly plummy in flavor and this tea is definitely on the black tea end of the spectrum in terms of Darjeelings. There is hardly a hint of green-ness to this Darjeeling. It takes sweetener well but needs very little. Overt taste qualities are fruity sweet with floral notes just hinting around. Mostly, this is a fruity sweet tea with a full, ripe flavor and a pleasant astringency winding things up. The mouth tastes clean and refreshed after each sip.
This is a sturdy, full bodied Darjeeling that tastes full and rich and ripe as you would expect from a summer harvest. There is none of the playful capering of first flush Darjeeling and not much intrigue in terms of muscatel/green-ness in the flavor profile. This is a Darjeeling that would suit black tea lovers well. Enjoyable.
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