Review: Thunderbolt Tea Risheehat Golden Musk (2011 Second Flush)

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Thumbs up!"The liquor brewed "citrus-wedge" orange-amber with a pleasant, nut-sweet aroma. Said smell kind of reminded me of rooibos lightly blended with ginger."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.8/10
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The only tea I tried from the Risheehat tea estate - up to this point - was a white tea. It was a gift included with review samples from Thunderbolt Tea back in 2010. I loved the stuff, and it could take a brew-bruising at boiling water. What I hadn't experienced were their usual OPs on display. The one I got this time had to the word "Musk" in the title. As good a start as any.

The usual multihued menagerie with browns and greens dominating, and a smell of fresh citrus and grapes. It was amazing. I wasn't quite sure how to brew it, though, and there were no instructions on the Thunderbolt site specifically for this tea. I opted for a template approach of 1 tbsn. in 12oz of 200F water steeped for two-ish minutes.

The liquor brewed "citrus-wedge" orange-amber with a pleasant, nut-sweet aroma. Said smell kind of reminded me of rooibos lightly blended with ginger. The citrus comparison returned on taste with a zesty forefront that transitioned swimmingly to a grapy middle. There wasn't as much spice as I'm accustomed to with second flush Darj's, but in its place was a nectarine finish - usually Yunnan Jin territory. In short, it more than earned its gold medal in the Yumlympics. (Okay, that sounded cheesy. I don't care, I'm tired.)

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Risheehat Golden Musk (2011 Second Flush), or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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