6 Tasting Notes

80

Wow! This was a delight to the senses! So many flavours without any conflict, in a single cup. In the three cups I partook of this tea, I absolutely loved the hints of dark chocolate and the mix of fruits.

I came upon this tea during a visit to a friend who has just returned from Spain, for a work assignment. Interesting that he got the tea from a flatmate there who found this tea too complex for his taste. My Indian palate, is not averse to complexities. I exchanged whatever was left of my friend’s tea for all my organic Nilgiri coffee stash.

Although I won’t say that I regret it, for the tea was quite a happy surprise, I could have retained half my coffee stash. I have just two cups’ worth left. I hope tomorrow will be a more exciting day with this tea.

P.S. – I realised that my earlier reviews were not very detailed. I have tried to amend that with this review.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Dates, Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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70

The review comes a little late. I had tasted this tea at the end of last year during a sensory evaluation exercise at work. It did not really work for me too well. While the tea is not without its own character, it is one that I would recommend.

Flavors: Nutty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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75

I found this quite an interesting tea. It is a tea swap from a colleague about which I had been quite apprehensive as I am more of a Darjeeling lover. The Green Jasmine tea turned out to be surprising subtle in flavour and perfect to end a long day at work over.

Flavors: Grass, Jasmine, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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100

A distinct fruity flavour unlike the dominating floral flavours of First Flush Darjeeling, it makes for the perfect late afternoon companion. More so if you are stuck with a never-ending presentation. Its mellow flavour calms the mind while alerting the senses, the perfect cuppa to see you through a long day.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cut grass, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I’m not usually one to go for white teas but having heard so much about Arya Pearl and visiting their factory in Darjeeling, I decided to give it a try. I have not regretted it. The Arya Pearl is a sublime tea with its floral flavours and a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste. I hope to take in a lot more of its goodness.

Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Jasmine, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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100

Jungpana is one of the few estates in Darjeeling that never fails to live up to the standards each year. Their definitive muscatel essence sets it apart from the other lighter-bodied First Flush teas. I particularly relish the burnt wood aftertaste.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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