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249 Tasting Notes

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From what I can remember about this tea, it was a symphony of joy and pleasure that epitomized Darjeeling commonly known as the champagne of teas, a work of art.

You are given a fresh flowery aroma, the leaves are quite beautiful with dark greens, delicate details and slight twists. This alone excites me, the leaves alone make this such a wondrous tea.

Steeping gives the liquor a brilliant bright yellow with an aroma of fresh bouquets. A deeper inhale gives even more details, slight sweet fruit with some toasted notes, vanilla maybe. There is so much dancing about, the beautifully rich aroma alone is satisfying.

Just as my experience with last year’s First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, this year’s continues to surprise. Explosions of floral flavors, bouquets of details in each sip. The floral side just excites with complexities and wonder. There is also a light fresh breeze, with a lightly nutty taste, more sweetly buttery. It is also very balanced and well rounded, with almost no astringency. Simply delicious.

I have fallen in love again. This tea continues to excite, surprise, drive my passion for Darjeeling teas and teas in general. This tea continues to be my favorite, my champagne of teas.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

This tea from DTX really grabbed my attention. :))

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85

Second steep gives a slightly less strong flavor and aroma, milder, but maintains the woody characteristics.

It is sweeter, bringing out more muscatel and softening the astringency, and still ever pleasant.

This is a very versatile leaf.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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85

This tea is very satisfyingly strong and dark. The leaves are thin, with a mixture of black and deep green colors. You also get a nice strong woody aroma once the bag is open.

Steeping is no different, giving an equally strong woody aroma with a slight fresh floral scent, the color a brilliantly deep gold.

The flavor is nicely fresh and green, but very strong in body with a strong after taste. Like it’s aromas, it is a slight woody, as well as a slight muscatel. But strong, satisfyingly and pleasantly strong.

I would imagine with repeated steepings, leaves this strong would be versatile. But, with the initial steep, you are given a very pleasant strong and dark brew perfect for a late afternoon.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

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.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I really enjoy teas from this estate.

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94

This tea screams bold. The extravagance of the twisted and rolled full leaves set it apart, the dark greens boldly lined with silver.

The leaves have a barely faint scent before steeping, but during gives a lightly spiced toasty aroma which adds to the delightfully unique and handsome characteristics of this surprising tea.

The liquor is a brilliant bright amber, and has very strong toasted spice accents, which is also described as pleasant.

And quite pleasant it is, as sweet and spicy accents dance in bright and fruitful flavors. Yet, this is a calm and relaxing tea, delicious and intriguing, but never overstepping.

What a special tea this is, so delightfully different. Because of how bright and cheerful it is, this is a perfect morning Darjeeling.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

I find this strangely similar to the Darjeeling First Flush Premium Blend (Clonal Special) I had just had this morning, although milder in aroma and taste, and less detailed.

The aroma leans more toward a fresher planty scent; the woody flavor is still here but a lot milder, still well rounded, and with a more fresh taste.

This is a great entry into first flush teas, or a tea to simply enjoy with others.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Right out of the bag, this tea gives an extremely interesting scent, very dense and very earthy, it is described as bitter-sweet chocolate, which isn’t far off.

The leaves are a dark and detailed green, long and twisted, staple black tea.

The interesting scents do not stop, as you steep the leaves you are given a less dense and more vegetal aroma.

The liquor is a very bright orange tint, with slight sweet floral scents.

For such a broad spectrum of sight and scent, I had no idea what to expect with the flavors.

The first sip gives an almost perfectly rounded dark taste, with the right amount of woody flavor and no aftertaste. Indeed, this is not what I was expecting, as the liquor just feels right at home in your mouth.

Although I am drinking this in the morning, I could see this dark tea as a perfect evening drink to enjoy with practically anyone who enjoys quality.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Another earthy tea, although true to the name this seems more flowery and the scent seems stronger, the leaves are beautifully and wholly twisted, like white tea.

This tea is definitely interesting, as there are quite a few floral tones, but deeper and fainter are detailed fruit flavors that give a sweet undertone.

I’m finding myself sipping more to try find other details to the flavors, indeed a very interesting tea.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

It does look alot like a white tea.

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90

I’m glad I chose an earthy tea this morning, full dark green leaves with a very strong and potent scent.

Steeped, it gives a more sweetly spicy scent, with a light amber tint.

First sip gives a great level of sweet and spice, just the right amount of bite to satisfy while maintaining a slight complex body.

I can see why this is named Himalayan Wonder, it is enticing in aroma while surprising in flavor, and a great tea to enjoy at any and all times.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This Darjeeling seems to sit somewhere in the middle of bright and dark, in sight scent and taste.

The leaves are light and full, dark greenish in color, and have a dark yet fresh scent, which follow as they are steeped.

The liquor is a deep amber color, not quite dark but not quite bright either, and has a slight woody scent.

But the taste is much more, a deep and bold and full flavor, sharp yet fresh.

The description compares this to my favorite Gopaldhara wonder tea, and indeed it has potential to come close, not quite as complex or exciting; despite, I very much enjoy this tea.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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