So having tasted this, I think I now know what the fabled muscatel flavour is. It turns out it was the indescribable, most prominent note that I tasted in the 2013 Giddhapahar autumnal that I bought last year.
The smell of the dry leaf, though similar to the 2013 autumnal, is at the same time unique, carrying a hint of sweetness that I don’t quite pick up in the autumnal.
Astringency is very gentle, barely noticeable as a puckering on my tongue. Though as the cup empties, it slowly accumulates to become more evident.
Tastewise, I don’t think I’m that yet qualified to differentiate between the two. They’re both flowery and musk-like. I’ll leave it at that for now, at least until I can better tell the difference.
Flavors: Flowers, Muscatel