|"A very lush yet delicate Darjeeling. Well worth savoring."|
The leaves in my sample are a delight to behold. Larger then what I usually see in a darjeeling, they range in color from a gold to a medium olive green. The aroma is lightly fruity and somehow creamy. I set my Breville according to the suggestions on the website which called for boiling water and a steep time of 3 to 5 minutes. I choose the middle ground and went for 4 minutes.
This darjeeling surprised me in that it didn't brew up into the characteristic reddish coloring, instead it was a deep gold in color. The aroma is hard to describe. My first thought was it smells like tea but then I pick up some nuances of fruity sweetness.
This is a delicious tea. Very lush with a sweetness that rolls over the tongue. The muscatel is very delicate and is most apparent in the lingering aftertaste. Smooth without a hint of astringency. Definitely a tea to sit and savor and one that I wouldn't mind having in my tea cupboard.
Lately I have reviewing some Darjeelings from Golden Tips teas and have been rather pleased. It slightly put me off in the beginning that they don't list the estates that the teas are coming from but only until I tasted the first blend. The blends from the different estates are truly delicious.
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