Have been doing thunderdome rounds between 2 Uptons at a time. Drank this yesterday afternoon when Steepster was down, comparing it to Upton’s Margaret’s Hope 2nd flush muscatel (DJ-191).
Predictably (given its name) much lighter, a goldish color. The smell is a little grassy and more herbal than the Margaret’s Hope Muscatel, and the leaves look it, too—longer, greener. This is a nice change of pace for darjeelings—it’s like a cross between a 1st flush Thurbo darjeeling (or a Nepali like a Fikkal) with white tea, one with jasmine. It’s very delicate. I like it, but I’m not sure I prefer it over, say, a 1st flush darjeeling. It’s very floral in a gentle way without being terribly sweet. Actually, as it cools it begins to taste sweeter and nuttier…the longer I drink this the more I like it. I don’t think given where I am general flavor preference-wise right now it’d be a regular tea yet, but I would happily order it in small doses and occasionally enjoy it when I want something light and feminine like a white but also am jonesing for my regular darjeeling fix.
Towards the end I appreciate more and more how it’s rather smooth, almost slightly creamy. Kind of has a sweet almond thing going once tepid.
General notes, not comparing just these two but for the whole day’s darjeeling-a-thon (I compared two Thurbo 1st flushes and later two Thurbo 2nd flushes and then moved on to the Margaret’s Hopes):
In general, at first while piping hot both of these seem gentler in terms of “darjeeling characteristics” than the 2nd flush Thurbo I liked best among all the Thurbos (1st and 2nd flushes). It would probably be a good idea at some point to compare the White Delight with my favored 1st flush Thurbo from earlier and decide which I like best—I have a feeling it’d be the Thurbo.