|"The nose was all spice, nuts, grapes and wood."|
The leaves for this were all green – nary a brown one among them. It was like looking at it springtime in a vacuum-sealed bag. The smell was all spice and merriment, a part of Northern India wafting its way to my nostrils. Yes…I was excited for this.
It had been so long since I brewed an exceptionally young Darjeeling. Okay, maybe it wasn’t “technically” a young’un anymore, but it still smelled young. I brewed 1 tsp. in 8oz. of 200F water for three minutes. It was about what I remember.
The liquor brewed solid amber. The cup was loud and shiny, one would half-expect to find a mosquito suspended in it. Luckily, my pint glass was transparent, so I could enjoy the presentation. The nose was all spice, nuts, grapes and wood. The taste carried these traits over on the forefront, but it imparted a bit of something extra – the taste of maple leaf. Yes, I know what those taste like…for some reason.
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