|"The body has a delightful thickness to it that pairs up just splendidly with the caramel fruitiness of the tea. I don't think I've ever noted this kind of caramel flavor in a Darjeeling."|
I brewed a teaspoon of leaf in 8 ounces of water brought to about 205 degrees. I allowed a three minute infusion. The liquor is dark orange and has an immediately fantastic flavor. The taste is rich and full with a lot of depth to the sweetness. I am amazed by this tea because the sweet flavor in this tea is absolutely caramel in flavor. The body has a delightful thickness to it that pairs up just splendidly with the caramel fruitiness of the tea. I don't think I've ever noted this kind of caramel flavor in a Darjeeling. I'm impressed. Unlike Yunnans and other Chinese black teas often noted for their luxurious caramel overtones, this tea is caramel and fruity at the same time. I'm hooked. It's fantastic!!
Cooling brings out a very slight dryness that is not overly astringent or drying and leaves a pleasant feeling in the mouth that is edges with a fruity citrus taste.
The second infusion of this leaf is excellent, unmissable (if that's a word). It's smoother than the first and more resonant due to the longer steep (5 to 6 minutes for me). The caramelized fruit flavor is more strongly pronounced as is the dry finish. There's a lingering dry feeling in the mouth that is clean and refreshing.
I can't recommend this tea more highly. Ten out of ten seems stingy! I had a very hard time locating this tea online at Tea Emporium's website, but I would recommend inquiring. It's well worth a little effort and you might find yourself with an absolutely new favorite tea.
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