I had been drinking this and the 2012 Darjeeling First Flush Goomtee (Muscatel Valley) Black Tea all day yesterday, as I had problems accessing the Steepster site, I could not provide my notes on both teas until today.
I am also still drinking both teas today, as both teas have surprised me with multiple steeps.
This tea gives a very green, slightly spicy, and dusty woody scent when you first open the bag. The leaves shift from light to dark in color, and flat to twisted, simple but beautiful.
The liquor has a light and bright amber color. It’s aroma is very close to green tea, with slight hints of muscatel.
The flavor is less flowery and more sweet dark fruit, less rosey and more peachy. There are slight hints of spice and muscatel, and because of the darkish tone of flavor, the slight astringency compliments.
It is not an entirely clean flavor overall, but those little details are what make this tea great. It is not complex, more seasonal, and a very fine cup of tea.