282 Tasting Notes
This time made with 4.5g to 12oz water, steeped 1 minute.
The smell has a stronger “muscatel” fragrance than other Darjeelings I’ve had. Slightly sweet.
This one is best drank warm but not hot. When truly hot the flavor doesn’t yet come out fully.
It’s a richer Darjeeling than I’m used to. It doesn’t have the (much loved by me) daintiness of others I’ve had.
It’s very round and filling in the mouth without hitting one particular area for flavor/feel. I’m not getting any of the pineapple or such from this. It’s a fairly flat tasting tea.
I’ll try this cold-brewed and see what I can get out of it that way.
The steeped tea is yellow, with a strong fresh apple scent… sort of a tart, maybe green apple.
The tea isn’t sweet or apple-juice toned at all. It’s a touch bitter and astringent and has only the lightest, barest hint of fruit to its finish… and that seems more plummy than apple.
As it cools it takes on more of the taste of a green (maybe granny smith) apple’s skin. It doesn’t have a flesh or juice taste.
The more I drink, the less I like it. Not finishing the cup.
Cold-brewed this, but not sure how long it spent in the fridge so it’s not a very good experiment haha.
What I can say of how it turned out: It is more tart with just a touch of the berry flavor in the finish. The taste is pretty weak except for the tartness… that’s about all there is in flavor.
I might cold-brew it again when I can do so for a set time, basing it off one of the suggestions in the cold-brew thread. Until then, not impressed.
The steeped tea smells lightly, not a strong scent here. It has a slight berry scent to it and a bit of the nutty associated with Oolongs. It’s a delicate fragrance.
The flavor is light, has a hay or nutty taste, a mild maltyness in the back of the mouth. Maybe a vegetal edge along the sides of the tongue. It’s also a touch floral. As it cools there are a lot of different aspects that come out.
It tastes like it’s somewhere between a black and oolong, really. It has a bit of both to it and not quite completely either.
As the cup cools more of the “tropical” flavor comes out and fills the mouth. Now it’s noticeably different from a straight green tea. That top-of-mouth floral and citrus is much stronger and rounder, filling. I can’t quite place what food it reminds me of, darnit.
Much better now, it’s one best drank semi-cool.