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I’m more of a fan of second flush Darjeelings both because of taste and price. This one is a serious exception. At $12.60 for a 125g bag, I might reconsider! I only got a sample of course though which isn’t bad ($2.50 for 15g).

As its cooled though it has become very astringent. I steeped it for 3 minutes exactly and it was good for the most part. It’s weird because the almond flavor in here is almost playing on the astringency, and it tastes like a burned almond. Before this happened though it was a bit buttery and mostly fruity, with just a bit of astringency. This is kind of undrinkable now…so at least I have plenty more to now remember this: drink quickly!

And of course, if I can crack whatever it is with this tea, the 125g packet is a definite possibility. Otherwise I’ll stick to those seconds.

TeaBrat

What temp did you steep it at? With darjeelings I find it helps to go around 180-195 degrees, that cuts out some of the astringency.

momo

Almost boiling, I’ll make it again with a lower temp. Most of the time I never have a problem with that hot of water but those aren’t FFs

TeaBrat

Try it and let me know. :)

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TeaBrat

What temp did you steep it at? With darjeelings I find it helps to go around 180-195 degrees, that cuts out some of the astringency.

momo

Almost boiling, I’ll make it again with a lower temp. Most of the time I never have a problem with that hot of water but those aren’t FFs

TeaBrat

Try it and let me know. :)

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