|"It's a cool company and concept; I definitely recommend you head over to their website to learn more and maybe give it a try."|
I don't know what garden this sample is from, which isn't something I find troubling. The leaves are surprisingly brown for a first flush Darjeeling, but there are still ample splashes of green. They're small and choppy, as Darj teas often are. This tasting suffers from the fact that this year's first flush harvest is already starting to come in, so this leaf is probably about a year old, but I assume if you get it through the program, it'll be much fresher.
I brew with my usual Darj parameters, one teaspoon per cup at 195° for three minutes. The scent I'd surprisingly earthy with a touch of puerh-like fishiness. The flavour is likewise very unique for a first flush Darjeeling, earthy and malty with just the tiniest hint of muscatel fruitiness underneath, a feature I think I only noticed because I was looking for it. It's mellow enough that I doubt it will stand up to second steep, but it pulls through nicely and gives a great second cup.
I prefer brighter, crisper FF Darjeelings, so I'm not in love with this leaf, but it's a good cup. And who knows, it being fresher might be enough to brighten up the flavour. Either way, I wouldn't jump to adopt whatever garden this is, though if you enjoy more robust and autumnal harvests, this may be more your style. It's a cool company and concept, though, and if you're at all intrigued, I definitely recommend you head over to their website to learn more and maybe give it a try.
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