|"This is absolutely the best Darjeeling I have tasted and deserves its title as the champagne of teas. This truly is the darling of the second flush."|
One of the benefits to being part of Teaviews staff is that I am able to try some really incredible teas that I might not normally splurge upon on my own. Darjeeling Phuguri is one of those teas. Normally if I am to splurge on a plain black it will be for a higher end Ceylon or some Golden Monkey. This is a truly incredible tea and I don't know why I have been putting off reviewing it for several weeks. My sample is beautiful to both look at and smell and there are many silver/white tips among the leaves. Drawing in a breath of the aroma rewards you with some nectar and floral notes. This totally makes you want to stop and enjoy the scent of the leaves for a minute and picture the estate in India that brought it to you.
I decided to brew this for closer to 4 minutes as the water that I was using had a chance to cool for a few minutes. I did add a touch of sugar to this also. The main thing to note is that this is incredibly smoooooth. There is a natural sweetness to this and some strong floral notes. TeaGschwendner's description that it has nectar-like peak notes of muscatel is spot on. There is a touch of astringency and it has a long finish. I enjoyed this without any milk as I almost feel that the addition of milk to this would be an insult to this tea despite the touch of astringency at the end. This is absolutely the best Darjeeling I have tasted and deserves its title as the champagne of teas. This truly is the darling of the second flush. While this is pricey ($34.40 for 100 g) and I don't think most of us could enjoy this as an everyday tea, it is worthy of a splurge.
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