Many thanks to Doulton for this tea!
First off, I have to note what a stubborn donkey I am. Every time I have a non standard fare tea, I enjoy it so much, but I continue to tell myself I “only” like certain teas. This has to stop!
Case in point, this Darjeeling. Poor thing has been sitting in my tea drawer at work for a year I think. The sunny day inspired me to try something new and… here I am enjoying this fruity, piquant tea so much! It’s very green, and not as rich and wine-like as some of them I’ve had, but it’s very enjoyable. The touch of bitterness, tempered by a half teaspoon of sugar is one of the nicest things about it! I used to think people had to be crazy to talk about a pleasant bitterness, but I totally get it with Darjeelings, finally. Yum.
I am not saddened that this is no longer available (another thing I very much like about first flush Darjeelings is their ephemeral quality. There is only a little each year, once a year!). As I said, I do prefer them less green. But this has certainly inspired me to seek out another Darjeeling for my cupboard.