Review: Happy Earth Tea Risheehat (Organic, Darjeeling First Flush 2012)

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Oh, Risheehat, it’s been too long. This was one of the Darjeeling estates that helped get me started on Indian blacks – along with Giddapahar and Arya. Most of the OPs and ALL of the white teas from this estate have met with general approval – by me, anyway. I don’t recall ever having tried a first flush from them, though. Or maybe my memory just sucks.

I tore open the bag with a pair of scissors and was greeted by an aroma I’d missed like an old friend – spice, grapes and greenery. Hello, First Flush, it’s been awhile. The leaves themselves were a multicolored pastiche of greens, browns, and beiges – about as fresh as garden. It took all my willpower to stop smelling the bag.

I brewed 2 tsp. in 16oz. of water for two-and-a-half minutes.

The liquor colored to a light amber, resembling a green tea on a first look. As for taste, it possessed all the muscatel, partial malt and spice expected for a Darjeeling. What I didn’t expect was how even the character was going to be. There was no tannic taper-off, no astringency to speak of, and no residual cotton-mouthfeel. It had the character of a Darjeeling oolong. Part of this might have been due to my lighter brewing approach, but it was a welcomed change. Superb. Absolutely superb.

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