|"The combination of berry, malt, currant and muscatel is rich and addictive. I could drink this tea by the gallon and can’t recommend it enough!"|
The cup’s perfume is even more enticing after steeping a teaspoonful in 250ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius. After the recommended 3 minute brew, a fresh, fruity dimension now chimes in. The results are a bright coppery brown. Taking a sip, the profile is initially much like the tea’s aroma, combining creamy malt, cocoa and berry notes. The finish is something else entirely. Somewhat drying black currant and muscatel flavours melt into a lush, planty, almost mentholated aftertaste. I’m reminded of a robust red wine. It’s a delicious, complex and definitely moreish cup!
I brew the leaves again for 4 minutes. This time around the tea doesn’t have quite the same pizzazz, but it is satisfying. Gently tannic malt notes start things off. The finish features mild grass and muscatel flavours. It’s simple and straightforward.
I manage to pull one more steep from the leaves following a 5 minute-long brew. It doesn’t really stand out in anyway. The feel is rather watery as well. I would probably stop at 2 steeps next time. However it's interesting to note that no bitterness or other unpleasant element develops.
I could drink this tea by the gallon and can’t recommend it enough. The combination of berry, malt, currant and muscatel is rich and addictive. It's fairly light bodied, so it would be a good choice for an afternoon cuppa. While it’s a touch pricy, this Darjeeling is certainly worthwhile for the quality of the leaves. Another plus is that like all of Happy Earth’s teas, it’s organic. Cheers!
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