Darjeeling Puttabong DJ551 "Clonal Exclusive" S.F.T.G.F.O.P.1
Tea colour: black tea
Length of infusion: 4’
Water temperature: 90°C
Aspect: large twisted leaves with plenty of beautiful downy buds.
Colours: golden and silvery browns.
Scents: sweet, intense and rich notes: cooked fruit, vanilla, woody, plenty of cocoa, floral rose.
Brewed leaves (infusion)
Scents: rich and intense: initially cooked fruit (rhubarb jam, prune), with a woody note, a floral, rose accent, citrus and cocoa.
Colour: a lovely coppery, clear, gleaming liquor.
Texture: supple and velvety.
Flavours: delicate acidity and bitterness.
Aromas: complex right from the start: very fruity (cooked fruit), woody (waxed wood), honey, floral (rose), spicy, cocoa, vanilla, with a few lingering toasted notes.
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: the notes are present right from the start, remaining balanced and complex and lingering in the mouth. A subtle texture.
Our verdict: This is a bit of a mysterious tea. Gopal Somani, the grower at Puttabong, didn’t want to give much away about how he made it. "It’s like a Wu Long. It underwent the full oxidation, yet it really is a black tea! Tell me what you think, but I reckon Le Palais des Thés will like this kind of tea.” That is pretty much all the grower had to say when we met him in October, on a trip made by seven of our team. This tea is not unlike the White Downy teas of Fujian, with their mild, sweet cocoa bouquet.
It is delicate, rich, complex… but there are only 30 kg of it…