I’m finally digging into my Teabox order from Black Friday, even as I continue to work to log it all in my cupboard (probably about 40 teas to go?)
I thought I would start off with a Darjeeling oolong, which is something I don’t think I’ve tried before.
The steeping directions recommend 2tsp, 80-90C water and 5 min. I tend to prefer my teas steeped a bit shorter, so I went with 85C water for 3 minutes.
The dry leaf is medium brown and irregular sized pieces. It smells slightly creamy, with a fruity note.
Steeped, this has a very distinct flavour that I’m coming to realize is a characteristic of Darjeelings. Not just the muscatel, but a slightly acrid char flavour (or maybe it’s a mineral note?) It’s not bitter or unpleasant, though it’s not my favourite flavour either, but it seems to be a common thread amongst many of the Darjeelings I’ve tried.
There’s also a lot of fruit – primarily apricot and peach, with some grape, and a bit of vegetal tang that’s on the grassy side. Very smooth and easy to drink.
This is quite nice. I’m not sure if I would have been able to identify it as an oolong – Darjeelings are so distinctive and different from other teas. I probably would have guessed a green on a blind taste test.
I’m looking forward to further developing my palate for Darjeelings.
Flavors: Apricot, Char, Grapes, Grass, Mineral, Peach, Smooth, Tangy, Vegetal