In appearance this Darjeeling consists of: small and dark, curly leaves which range from dark brown, to red brown, to green to white.
It has a sweet yet earthy scent of wood and flowers. Also a touch of malt and dry musk .Once steeped this tea is amber in colour and has a dry, musky yet sweet wood scent.
Flavour is rich and dark with a hint of sour astringency. It’s very wooden and musky which lingers in the mouth beautifully. Also reminds me of dry, mixed flowers.
As it cools the wood becomes more like malt and the astringency develops an air of light smoke.
Overall: This was a beautiful Darjeeling that bared heavy muscatel tones and offered the warmth of the Indian sun. A great example of what a second flush Darjeeling should be.
On the grand scale of things this Darjeeling was very nice but not perfect, it was missing the nutty and creamy qualities that I admire. Please keep in mind that it is down to personal preference.
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