|"Bright with notes of muscatel and hay."|
This is a first flush SFTGFOP1, and I steep one teaspoon per cup at 195° for three minutes. The cup has a vibrant scent, bright with notes of muscatel and hay. The flavour is overall pretty classic, which, as a Sikkim, means it's pretty mild. It's good, but it doesn't stand apart from your average Darjeeling teas the way most Temis do. It's mostly muscatel with some grassiness and a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat. It's strikingly similar to your classic first flush Darjeeling, reminiscent of a Margaret's Hope.
It's good, but it's not tasting unique, and if I want a tea that reminds me of a Margaret's Hope, I'll just buy from that garden, instead. Yet while this tea hasn't particularly impressed me, Tea Horse has piqued my interest, I would definitely sample from them again, if given the chance.
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