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Thank you to Scott for sending some of this my way and for helping me to get over my fear of darjeelings…

Foe a long time I thought I did not like them because the ones I had were so astringent and full of tannins but now I am learning quite a bit more about the different kinds of darjeelings, I am sure I will be able to find some I can really appreciate.

I did steep this with water that was not quite boiling for 3.5 minutes. Its a lovely dark yellow cup. This tea has a nice fruity aroma (like mild apricots) but also I’m detecting a bit of spiciness, like a cinnamon/peppery type of quality. It does have a bit of “bite” to it but has a fairly gentle pungency. Just a bit astringent & not very floral.

I’m finding this to be fairly mild which is nice for me this afternoon. I am liking the first flush teas I have tried a lot and will need to get more someday I think… Maybe I will become a darjeeling convert soon! :)

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

My first experiences with them were not good, but when I started treating them more like a green I got much better results. I just can’t drink them when prepared like most black teas.

TeaBrat

that’s good to know ashmanra!

ScottTeaMan

This is supposed to be a more refined (not in your face) Darjeeling. Was it too mild for you, or was the flavor satisfying enough?To get more of the floral quality, you have to steep it longer-say 4 minutes. Then there is slightly more astringency. I hope I gave you enuff to experiment with.:))

ScottTeaMan

Apricots is a good description, but cinnamon?? Hhhmmmm, Im gonna have to have more soon.

TeaBrat

I did not think it was too mild, will try steeping a little longer next time, I still have some left. :P

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ashmanra

My first experiences with them were not good, but when I started treating them more like a green I got much better results. I just can’t drink them when prepared like most black teas.

TeaBrat

that’s good to know ashmanra!

ScottTeaMan

This is supposed to be a more refined (not in your face) Darjeeling. Was it too mild for you, or was the flavor satisfying enough?To get more of the floral quality, you have to steep it longer-say 4 minutes. Then there is slightly more astringency. I hope I gave you enuff to experiment with.:))

ScottTeaMan

Apricots is a good description, but cinnamon?? Hhhmmmm, Im gonna have to have more soon.

TeaBrat

I did not think it was too mild, will try steeping a little longer next time, I still have some left. :P

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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