I drank a whole pot of this tea and just had nothing in particular to say about it. It seemed less complex and fruit forward than I’ve had with other Darjeelings. It seemed almost like a cross between an oolong and a darjeeling. Definitely more oolong or green in nature. Perhaps that’s the first flush, but I’m not sure. It was very light bodied with a touch of yeasty toast and burnt almond and rounded with a bit of astringency, but no fruit that I detected. The leaves are fairly green and the liquor brews up a golden orange color. I found nothing offensive about it, but I didn’t love it as much as the last darjeeling I had. The first brewing felt a bit mild and the second brewing definitely too light and weak. A second pot with more brewing time revealed nothing new and I’m still pretty unimpressed with this one.

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I started drinking coffee at the age of 12, but I have recently found that the coffee I always enjoyed gives me headaches. Luckily I have no such issues with tea. I have just begun to discover the joys of a good cup of tea and figuring out what I like and don’t. So far I prefer black tea either Fujian, Keemun, Assam or Darjeeling that are fruit forward with a wisp of acidity or smokiness. I occasionally will drink green, jasmine or a bold white, but typically just to change things up. I hate fake fruit flavors, bitter tea or blah tea with no punch.

I live in the desert southwest, so in the hot summer afternoons you’ll likely find me iced tea in hand with a slice of lemon and sprig of mint. I also am a semi-foodie who enjoys a sharp sauvignon blanc, a jammy zinfandel or a dirty martini with the stinkiest cheese possible.

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