Amber honey color with edges of grayish green and sweet floral aromas come off the brewed tea. I allowed the temperature to drop after steeping to allow it to open up with honey aromas accompanying the floral and classic muscatel notes. Surprisingly sweet for a 1st Flush with flavors of roasted fall squash, mild nuttiness and honey that lingers for a long time reminding me a bit more of Spring Yunnan than Darjeeling. The acidity is balanced with the sweetness, however it could use a little more astringency… I like a little youthful brisk punch from Darjeeling 1st flushes and this drinks very soft (this is personal taste and not at all a flaw with the tea).
There are far better Darjeeling 1st Flushes (especially for the price) out there, but this yielded a very enjoyable cup. The most interesting part was the aromas coming off of the brewed leaves… hints of toasted cumin, refined sugar and flower pedals. Unfortunately these aromas did not translate well into the liquor. A second steep was possible – I let it go for 4:45 to try to coax out some astringency… nothing. This is a clever tea, but maybe not clever enough to open my wallet again.

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A Food and Beverage professional for over 15 years in Chicago Illinois and professional musician. Studying tea, along with wine, beer, spirits and food has been a lifetime passion.
Aside from my service profession I am a private music teacher and music director for multiple music ensembles including The Chicago Zither Orchestra.
Pastimes include composing instrumental music, collecting and listening to historical and rare classical music recordings, gourmet cooking and enjoying the sport of baseball.

Tea: I am really into a wide variety of teas. I tend to avoid flavored teas but will try herbal teas. If I had to list favorites I am a fan of Japanese shaded green teas, Darjeeling 1st flushes, Assam 2nd flushes, Pu-erh (sheng and shou), Oolongs and delicate refined whites. I really do not have a favorite tea, just as I do not have a favorite food, wine, artist or composer… as there are just far too many enjoyable variables and differences that can be “my favorite” depending on the context.

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