Leaves are much greener than I was expecting. They smell really good, too. Earthy and sweet.
WOW. I was not expecting to like this one as much as I am! I have only had one single estate Darjeeling (but it was a second flush) and I was underwhelmed. THIS, though! Fruity, complex grape like wine, oh so delicious. This took me totally by surprise. I am intoxicated!
I prepared it a little cooler and for less time than the shop recommended, and I like it very much this way. I can see it being a bit too astringent brewed for longer or with hotter water.
I did take it with a little sugar like the Germans :) Delicious!
I’m so excited! I have another type of tea which I love!
I made a second cup with these leaves and the leftover water in my kettle, and it was less muscatel-ish but even fruitier.
I have to get back to my LTS (Local Tea Store) and get a nice sized pouch of this!!!