Bright golden blanc de noirs champagne colors fills the cup as the scent of cooked herbs and violets rises slowly from what can only be described as a very special tea experience. Brisk notes of muscatel are surrounded by a menagerie of mildly sweet floral notes and nutty spice complexity that is actually hard to put a finger on. This would be a great time to insert profanity, as this review would really benefit the use of some colorful metaphors – haha. It tastes of life (to be as esoteric and nondescript as possible – sorry). The tea has a youthful astringency with a limestone finish that lasts for a ridiculous amount of time and draws upon very reclusive citrus notes.
This is EXACTLY what a world class Darjeeling 1st flush should taste like… absolutely brilliant. Lovely on its own, but I could really see this pairing well with some semi-sweet fruit preserves, goat cheese and just some good warm bread. Not at all inexpensive, but that’s Darjeeling for you. A 2nd and mild 3rd steep were possible, but the well defined beauty drifted a bit at each additional infusion. Get your hands on a sample or see if you can get your tea merchant to do a 15g or 25g bag. This tea is not to be missed.