|"I like the mention of sap in the website's tasting notes; to me this catches what is essential and good in many darjeelings - a sense of strong flowing flavor energy that is communicated to the drinker. "|
The leaves have a super fresh scent to them. There's a floral green muscatel aroma prominent with a closing scent that is somewhat like pipe tobacco leaves. The leaves are dark chocolate brown with lights of silver green in the mix.
I brewed the tea according to the directions on my sample package: 1.5 teaspoons of leaf to 8 ounces of 200 degree water for four minutes.
The infusion is bright roasted pumpkin in color and very vivid. The flavor is quite nice - light and not at all bitter despite the steep time (I am generally religious with three minutes for Darjeelings). This tea is very smooth. It has a clean, clear taste with definite floral notes and an abundance of muscatel sweet fruitiness. I like the mention of sap in the website's tasting notes; to me this catches what is essential and good in many darjeelings - a sense of strong flowing flavor energy that is communicated to the drinker. The muscatel tones full up as the tea cools just a bit and the body seems to expand as well. There's also a curious and somewhat singular grainy taste to this tea that is also part of the expanding flavor palette. Floral, fruity, green and somehow grainy with a good muscatel overlaying the whole. There are many excellent flavors at work in this tea and they keep the cup interesting throughout. I really recommend against sweetening this cup as it completely flattens the flavor profile, which is an awful thing to do to such a good tasting Darjeeling.
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