Glenburn Classic Spring Chinary Black

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  • “Picking date: 4 May 2020. 2tsp for 250mL @90C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare. Dry leaf: small narrow leaves, tan and brown. Aroma: the packet says “mandarin, cantaloupe, and green peas,” but all I...” Read full tasting note
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The beautiful Glenburn estate is not only a palliative for the sore eye but also for the soul. It is one of Darjeeling’s most famous and makes some of the finest teas. This classic cup from its age-old traditional chinary bushes comes with medium strength and is a little brisk. Soothing floral notes take you in and make way for a lively and bright feel of fresh greens. In the middle, bright flavors like those of mandarins and cantaloupes make the cup sweet and zesty while adding more texture and intensity. Light toasty tones of pines linger in the aftertaste.

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Picking date: 4 May 2020.

2tsp for 250mL @90C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

Dry leaf: small narrow leaves, tan and brown. Aroma: the packet says “mandarin, cantaloupe, and green peas,” but all I get is a lovely earthiness and, of all things, cocoa and malt. My hay fever must be worse than I thought this year.

Wet leaf: lots of bright green and tan. Almost a toasty, good quality Keemun note to the aroma, followed by a promise of muscatel.

Liquor: golden bronze.

WOW. This is a spring flush, so I expected a light and airy, almost green tea flavour. It’s brisk, medium-bodied, and just sparkles with muscatel, and yes, cantaloupe and mandarin notes. (I loathe green peas, so I can’t make an informed comment on that note, beyond a sweet earthiness.) This is a complex but not, I would say, delicate Darjeeling. Utterly delicious. Even more muscatel finish as it cools. This somewhat jaded Darjeeling fan is all a-twitter.

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