|"The smell was like a return to spring."|
Through a tea swap, I was able to acquire some Moonlight 2012 second flush put out by another vendor. And...it was simply awful. I don't know if it was a matter of shipping, spoiling, rotting. It tasted like rotten spinach - easily the worst Darjeeling of 2012. However, I wanted to give it a second chance through a different outlet.
Thunderbolt kindly sent me a batch of Moonlight along with some other Darjeelings, which arrived - oh - just today! (October 16th, 2012, mind you.) The leaves were dazzling in their greens and browns; there were even some silver tips in the fray. The smell was like a return to spring.
I went a little stronger on this one, and opted out of gongfu-ing it like I did with Darjeeling oolongs of yore. I brewed 2 tsps. in a pint mug of boiled water for three minutes. A little less delicate than I'm used to with Darjeelings, but I was just that excited.
The liquor brewed up amber with a dazzling reisling-like aroma - sweet, fruity, mildly dry. Taste-wise, it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It had a bit of a muscatel front, followed by an apply/grapy middle, and trailed off nicely with no astringency. Dare I say it was within neck-and-neck of last year's offering? Yes, I dare.
At the time of this writing, this was sold out. In fact, many sold out of the Moonlight second flush within months of receiving it. No surprise really. I would've hoarded it.
— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Castleton Moonlight (DJ-118) (2nd Flush 2012), 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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