I tried this once before, as was far from blown away by this tea. I decided to try this tea one more time, I admit, because I was drawn back to the pretty purple box and the elegance of the name of this tea. Darjeeling. It just sounds like a word made up to be used in poetry.
Ah well. I was optimistic for the first sip, and I was initially surprised by my earlier memory of this tea. As I get near the middle of this cup, I start wanting to get this stale, papery aftertaste from off of my tongue. Quite a shame, as the initial taste of the tea and the smell coming off of the tea is very warm and inviting. I think I notice the aftertaste more with this tea because of the underwhelming strength of this tea. Unlike what I’ve read about this tea, I really do not notice any particular bitterness to the drink, even after steeping this cup for a little over four minutes.
Dull, slightly unpleasant, I have a suspicion that this tea would taste better iced. As a hot drink, this tea leaves me feeling disappointed.