Okayti Muscatel Darjeeling Second Flush 2014

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Darjeeling Tea
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 7 oz / 207 ml

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  • “This is the first ever darjeeling i will have tried, and it comes in a package of 16, yes, 16 darjeeling that i recently received from Marzipan. This will be quite an experience...” Read full tasting note
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    Fergy 22 tasting notes
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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    KittyLovesTea 1238 tasting notes
  • “Now here’s a darjeeling which I would easily identify as a darjeeling in a blind line-up! This second flush tea from Okayti (by way of Golden Tips) looks, smells, and brews up just like the...” Read full tasting note
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    shera-pop 1732 tasting notes
  • “This tea was just picked in June. Isn’t that neat? I really like being able to see the date of picking on the package. I am having a Darjeeling revelation. I think I might love them! This...” Read full tasting note
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    Marzipan 355 tasting notes

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A superb organic muscatel summer black tea from one of the most beautiful estates in Darjeeling. The carefully worked brown-black leaves comprise of abundant silver tips which gives this tea a royal appearance. The nose of the infusion is sharp and woody with a hint of sweetness. The handsomely-amber colored liquor brings in a smoothness to the flavor which is quite sought after in summer Darjeelings. Once you roll the tea for a few time, burst of fruity and flowery notes greet you. This Okayti is a must try.

Okayti is one of Darjeeling’s largest estates with an annual production of almost 1,75,000 kgs. With a scenic landscape of tea bushes, Okayti offers beautiful views of the Mirik Valley. With one of the highest average elevations ranging from 4000-6200 feet, Okayti produces some of the best Darjeeling teas grown in the entire region every year.

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This is the first ever darjeeling i will have tried, and it comes in a package of 16, yes, 16 darjeeling that i recently received from Marzipan. This will be quite an experience :D

The leaves are small, wiry, and black, or exceedingly dark brown. They smell like clean fall leaves mixed with clean hay.

I started out with one tsp in my 4 oz gaiwan and brewed for 4 min, and it was a little weak to me, so i added another tsp and brewed for another 4 min. This was better.

The color of the liquor to me is quite soft for a black. It is a nice amber, and quite clear.
The smell is that of fall leaves. The taste, for me, was a little underwhelming, sadly. It was pretty much one note, that of fall leaves, and fairly astringent. sadface
Ooh well, there are 15 more samples to try :D and hey, now i have tea to drink again :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Marzipan

The water seems hot, try it lower.

Marzipan

Also, longer steep encourages astringency. I have never done a darjeeling any way other than western.

Fergy

kk, i will try that. though the instructions on all of the packets say 194-212 for 3-5 min. so i took the middle of the road for both.

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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.

For pictures and more information please view my blog.
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/01/22/discover-indian-tea-with-golden-tips/

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Now here’s a darjeeling which I would easily identify as a darjeeling in a blind line-up! This second flush tea from Okayti (by way of Golden Tips) looks, smells, and brews up just like the darjeelings familiar to me. The leaves are of variegated shapes and colors, but on the whole they are veering dark matte chocolate brown and look like a lighter black tea.

The liquor is amber, pure and simple. A perfect example of the color of amber. Not red, not orange, not green, but amber. The taste is slightly astringent and grassy but with real depth and complexity as well.

I drank the first half of this batch while eating fresh raspberries sprinkled with sugar then frozen before drizzling half & half on top. This skewed my tasting a bit, since the berries were very tart and my tongue had to readjust to process the flavor of the tea.

By the second glass (when the raspberries were all gone), I recognized the smooth yumminess of this darjeeling. It may be that, at heart, I’m a second-flush kind of gal. Only time will tell, but by the end of this year I should know for sure!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

I do love SF. Did you resteep it or made fresh 2nd cup? I almost never resteep Darj, I’m happy if it’s good 1st time.

christeana1

Sherapop…not sure if you knew and are uninterested…there are a few of us having a boston meet up. Just figured I would throw it out there. If you are interested you can pm me…and I will give the details…Have a great night anyway :)

sherapop

boychik: I had a glass pot which was the equivalent of two glasses. I have only tried re-steeping darjeeling once—per the Steepster sample instructions. What a joke: it tasted like dishwater. Well, how I imagine dishwater tastes. ;-0

sherapop

Thanks, christeana1! I saw a posting a while back, but haven’t noticed it lately. I’ll send you a pm.

sherapop

boychik: I should add that I use Bodum double-walled glasses, so usually the second glass is still hot enough to drink by the time I get to it. If not, I zap it a bit.

boychik

You know I love resteeping , but not Darj or Assam,or Ceylon. Just doesn’t work. But Chinese and Taiwanese are awesome even if it’s western, at least 2-3. My friend has double walled glasses. It was fun drink out of them. They look gorgeous and easy to hold.

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This tea was just picked in June. Isn’t that neat? I really like being able to see the date of picking on the package.

I am having a Darjeeling revelation. I think I might love them! This one is delicious. Round and fruity (I think I am starting to identify the “Muscatel” quality). Slightly astringent but not unpleasantly so.

sherapop

Glad to see you dipping into our fantastic collection! I’ll be joining you soon… ;-)

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