|"It was darn near perfect. "|
Generally, Darjeeling second flush teas are considered the pinnacle of the region, but there’s something to be said for the declarative freshness of the first flush as well. When I tore open the vacuum seal for this one, the air exploded with spices. I’m not sure I’ll ever get tired of that, and I’m still puzzled how such an aromatic punch is present on so small a leaf. There was nothing “vintage” about the appearance of the leaves, either. They were as fresh and green-looking like the day they were picked.
It was one of the rare days I was up in the early morning that I finally dipped into this. As a result, I brewed it the only way I could under those circumstances – in a pint glass. I brought 16oz. of water to an almost-boil, dug 2 tsp. of leaves out of the bag, and steeped ‘em for the max of three minutes.
The liquor brewed light yellow, which was about as expected. First flushes never brewed that dark anyway. The aroma was all spice and muscatel – also as expected – with a touch of citrus. In fact, that citrus impression was the most dominant feature in the flavor. It started off grapy enough in the front, but settled into a rind-like lean for the rest of the sip. That was highly unusual for a Darj of any estate or flush. It was darn near perfect.
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