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Recent Tasting Notes
Three new Darjeelings turned up on my doorstep today. It’s almost as if I ordered them!
Anyway, ordered on Tuesday, arrived on Thursday. Thank you, Wan Ling, for getting them to me so quickly. I was torn about which to try first so I put all three boxes in front of me, closed my eyes and picked one at random. After managing to select my desk lamp, a pen and a book, I eventually managed to put my hands on this one.
The dry leaves vary from a light olive colour through to a brownish green. They are whole and curly with a thick floral aroma. When steeped they unfurl to reveal quite a lot of whole leaves. The aroma is still floral, that thick heady scent of a flower meadow, I think. Tasting the tea seems to get every part of my tongue going. It is light, refreshing, floral. There is a hint of something darker lurking in there, a slight astringency maybe, that lends itself well to extending the aftertaste so that I enjoy the tea for a fair while after I have swallowed it. I breathe in and out so that the air across my tongue and the aroma on my breath enhances that aftertaste. This tea makes me feel good and also demonstrates beautifully why Darjeeling is the Champagne of teas. It has that same light, bubbly feelgood factor. I hope the other two are as good or better. I’m positively giddy about trying them!
This smells like dark leafy greens and marigolds! WOW! Intense Aroma! Impressive!
Upon first sip…
Ohhhh! Incredibly clean – squeaky! Certainly a greenish-oolong! Near Buttery! Sweet! It’s like a cross between a Red Bell Pepper kind of sweet and a sweet corn sweet.
The lovely smooth-sweet combo lingers…so pure…so warming and friendly.
I can’t tell if I’m picking up slight plum notes or slight apricot notes…perhaps both! Regardless this is very VERY good! It’s sweet! It’s a bit fruity! It’s incredible clean and crisp! There are sweet-floral notes yet it’s smooth! It’s REALLY lovely! The more I sip – the more I LOVE it! YUP! This is pretty amazing!
Lightly oxidised tie guan yin oolong. Aroma is sweet and slightly floral, with very little vegetal or green tones.
Hugely sweet and sticky fruit (apricot?), particularly on first infusion. Crisp grape at the start quickly gives way to a syrupy middle and finish. Typical tie guan yin flavours are present throughout, but very refined with no harshness and lots of depth to the flavour. Honey and slight fruit in the aftertaste. Very satisfying and easy drinking.
First let me say I DO like this tea – it’s tasty. But I, personally, wouldn’t call it robust. I found it to be a bit on the lighter side…it’s mellow yet airy and crisp. It’s a very gentle Keemun. I think that is why I like it…it’s different. It’s always nice to have a soothing black tea in your back pocket, ya know??
It’s a bit sweet and I really like the sweet notes!
I think I am officially over ordering tea from the US, for the most part. I’ve found great options from the UK, and I cannot get over the difference in shipping cost. Also, I placed my order on May 29 around noon (i.e. end of working day in the UK), and I just received it on June 2. This is blowing my mind.
Anyway, on to the tea itself. This has plenty of green in it, though less than the Jungpana. The dry leaf smells quite like hay. The liquor is nice and gold-amber, and yum! This is definitely less green-tasting than the Jungpana and with a bit more body. Deliciously smooth and sweet.