The dry leaves are short, small, and dark green with white tips. Their smell is not very intense; it’s earthy, almost piny, with a sharp note that is more like what I tend to find in second flush darjeelings.
The steeped tea is a clear, amber color and smells, remarkably, like baked goods. It has a floral upswing to it as well.
In flavor, it’s rather mellow. The sharp note in the dry leaves is noticeable but much less intense in the flavor. I do get caramel, remarkably, and something that is rather coffee-like, too. Pomegranate and lemon balm, not so much. Though if I squint, I can understand the lemon balm which is more like an aura of generic citrus to me.
It’s a delightful darjeeling.
Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Coffee, Earth, Floral, Pastries, Pine