Emerald is a rare picking because these tea bushes flush or regenerate, periodically in a year. I picked the teas that came off an October first week flush, so in Darjeeling terms lets call it an autumnal green Darjeeling tea.
Make: The leaf is bold and flaunts that it is gently hand rolled. This is possible with emerald because it comes in small quantities.
Visual: Dark green chunky leaves with a mix of slight light green textures here and there.
Feel: The feel of the leaves are delicately crispy and if you apply some force to hold them the leaves may crack to bits and pieces.
Dry Aroma: I have this tendency to rub the dry leaves and consume the smell before I taste any tea. The smell is savory salty with a hint of lime.