|"I found this tea to be rather interesting as it reminds me of nothing as much as a wine. What hits me first is a strong grape flavor which reminds me of wine grapes picked off the vine. "|
My tea today is a darjeeling whose leaves are thin and wiry with colors ranging from golden brown to spring green to a dark evergreen. The aroma is fruity with a faint vanilla undertone. I set the leaves up to brew using 195 degree water and a steep time of 3 minutes. Not exactly what is called for on the website but I have found that I have the best luck with darjeelings using these settings. The resulting liquor is a medium golden brown with just a hint of orange. The aroma now is grapey with touches of citrus and vanilla.
I found this tea to be rather interesting as it reminds me of nothing as much as a wine. What hits me first is a strong grape flavor which reminds me of wine grapes picked off the vine. What comes next of a blend of oak and vanilla which continues along the line of wines as I can see the leaves being stored in an oak cask. Finally at the end of each sip is a lingering dryness.
While I did find my cup of tea enjoyable and rather unusual, this darjeeling isn't one that I would stock personally. Rather I would recommend it to tea drinkers who also enjoy a glass of wine as I feel they would really enjoy the overlap in tastes.
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