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This is the first Darjeeling Second Flush I have had since I have really understood the difference between the flushes. I’ll say that this is a very good cup of tea, just not my cup of tea.

The liquor is light caramel, and highly transparent. Very pretty. The aroma is quite subtle, hinting ever so slightly towards cinnamon. The flavor is very, very peppery. The first wave of flavor is peppery, the middle notes are peppery, and the finish is peppery. It’s like someone added essence of green bell pepper to my tea. I am not fond of this tea.

I tried it with milk and sugar and without: with is slightly more pallitable, but I have a feeling I won’t be finishing this cup in record time.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Opera Tea Maiden

try this one again with water off the boil a few minutes (about 190-200°F)… see if the more fruity aspects of good Darjeelings comes out more. Just curious. Let us know.

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Opera Tea Maiden

try this one again with water off the boil a few minutes (about 190-200°F)… see if the more fruity aspects of good Darjeelings comes out more. Just curious. Let us know.

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I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and I used to live in Japan. I love tea. Indian blacks are my favorite, though I am learning a lot about Chinese greens and, ultimately, I love all tea.

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