Random pick this morning.
I keep hoping for these Darjeelings to stand out, to show me something different, but they’re still all flowing together for me. The estate doesn’t matter.
Although, wait a minute… Were they all this spicy on the nose? I don’t really think they were. This one got three minutes, same amount of leaf as the others (well, duh. It’s a sample) and same amount of water. In the same pot, even. But it smells a little overdone.
Quite spicy on the flavour too. Grass-y spicy, kinda. I’m not sure I’m really a fan of that. It tastes a little overdone too. Maybe a little jasmine-y, which is a bit odd, because nothing jasmine-y has been in the pot ever. Was this cup not clean? It should be clean. Wait, let me get another cup. No, that’s the same story. Very floral. Almost… soap-y.
I think the conclusion I’m coming to with these is that Darjeeling is all well and good on occasion but I don’t think it’s the Indian for me. I’m beginning to strongly suspect that there isn’t really any specific Indian for me. There is the odd pearl here and there, but on the whole, I’m sticking to Chinese, I think.