|"This first flush is proof that a little hardship didn't stop these hearty leaves."|
The leaves certainly seemed like a Darjeeling - twisty, green-to-brown, and rife with spice. But I was also elated to note a fruity hint on continued whiff. That was exactly what I was looking for. I sniffed it again to make sure it wasn't my mind playing tricks on me. Sure enough, there it was. Hopefully, that also held true for the brew.
Rare Tea Republic recommended 1.5 tsps. steeped in 1 cup of 195F water for three-to-four minutes. I erred on the lighter side with 1 tbsn. in 12oz. of 199F water, infused for the minimum three. Seemed the right way to go with a fainter pekoe.
The liquor brewed to a deep carrot orange with a subtle aroma of caramel, malt and...artichoke hearts? At least that's what I thought I smelled; it was very faint. As for flavor, the first thing that hit my tongue was spice and muscatel - very Darjeeling first flush-ish. That was followed up by an even transition to a mysterious zestiness that trailed off into a feeling of fruit. What fruit? Couldn't say. I got a bit of the pineapple the RTR's profile spoke of, but it was jumbled with something drier - tangelos, perhaps.
For a tiny region that was ravaged by earthquakes recently, I'm surprised that any tangible product was exported at all. I was heartbroken to think that maybe no 2011 Temi teas would've made it out. This first flush is proof that a little hardship didn't stop these hearty leaves. Bring on the second flush!
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