A good, not great, 2nd flush darjeeling. Slightly too expensive, $3/oz would be right. The advertised astringency and muscatel flavors border on lushness but end up having a metallic taste (not the water).

At a cost of $6.55 for 50g, or 3.72/oz, this tea is a bit expensive. Considering the price, this tea does not amaze. There are better value 2nd flush darjeelings, such as the Republic of Tea darjeeling (which can be found around $2.80±0.30, 1lb is $42 direct).

A warming white pepper taste surrounds the mouth upon taking your first sip. Hints of tart sweetness leave the mouth dry. Moments later a bright orange note rises from the dryness. Finally metallic copper enters, vibrating between the orange and sweet dryness. Some may find the astringency, dryness, and near-metallic taste to be discomforting.  This is a specialist flavor. Some will run towards others away. For those 1st flush floral lovers this tea will greatly disappoint.

Although TeaHaus suggests using boiling water and steeping for 3 minutes I find using slightly cooled water between 90º and 97º is best. Depends on your brewing vessel, and its heat capacity, absorbency, and insulation as well as your pre-heating/washing rituals.

Second brewing is still quite good, especially if the first has a shorter brew. Third falls flat.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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