|"Overall, this tea was rather average. While it had the flavors that most darjeelings have, it lacked any real smoothness and purity of flavor to be an excellent tea."|
The leaves in this darjeeling are rather small and broken, with leaf colors ranging from a light silvery color to green to brown. The aroma contains considerable muscatel and spice, which indicates to me that it may be more heavily oxidized than most first flush darjeelings.
This tea was brewed western style, using 3 grams of leaf in an infuser basket for about 3 minutes. The resulting liquor was rather dark - much darker than a normal first flush darjeeling, which confirms my suspicions that the tea is more oxidized than usual. The aroma is decently sweet with a good hint of apples and malt.
The flavors start out with dark sweetness and a roughness on the tongue, while the body of the tea stay strictly in the middle. It isn't too thick and gloopy, and it's also not too watery and thin. As the liquor cools, the muscatel notes appear along side what resembles an over-ripe apple flavor. The more that the liquor cools, the more rough it feels on the tongue and cheeks. No aftertastes were noted, unfortunately.
Overall, this tea was rather average. While it had the flavors that most darjeelings have, it lacked any real smoothness and purity of flavor to be an excellent tea. The flavors were muted somewhat, which most likely had to do with botched processing, or simply just cheap tea.
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