I’m fairly new to Darjeeling blacks. I’ve only tried one 2nd flush so far and this is my first time with 1st flush. From some reading I’ve heard 1st flushes described as almost like green teas and this certainly matches that description.
The wet leaves mostly have a grassy green color, with some more golden brown leaves scattered throughout. The liquor also looks more like the yellowish hue of a green than a black.
The taste is lighter than 1st flush. It still has similar spicy and malty characteristics, but those are more muted and there is some sweetness as well. Overall less flavorful than 2nd flush, and I can see why it isn’t valued as highly, but still an enjoyable tea.
Flavors: Malt, Spices, Sweet