Mirik Valley

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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A refreshing, lower oxidation First Flush Darjeeling grown on the hillsides of Darjeeling’s famous high elevation Mirik Valley (approximately 1700 m). Mirik is known for its breathtaking scenery of lush hills and gardens surrounding the picturesque Sumendu Lake. It is also renowned for its temperate climate and cool mists that make an ideal tea growing region.
The Tao of Tea’s Mirik Valley Darjeeling is smooth and fragrant.

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Just enough for a super small cuppa! I totally forgot I had any of this left.

It’s muggy outside and stormy but cold inside because of the air conditioning. BRING ON THE HOT TEA!

See previous notes for more of my feelings…in the meantime…SIPDOWN!

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I haven’t had a lot of darjeelings before. I think that I recall maybe having tried a couple, but for whatever reason I never revisited them and I can’t really remember what I thought.

I figured now was a good time to start trying them again because I got a couple from Auggy, so I brewed this one up today.

I think I like it? Unfortunately, I was trying to read a textbook at the same time, so my attention was a little divided. It definitely wasn’t unpleasant, but being at a disadvantage both because I couldn’t fully concentrate it and I don’t have a lot to compare it with, I can’t say anything definitively.

What I can say is that it was…I don’t know if light is the right word. It wasn’t light like a white tea, or even some greens. Maybe soft is more accurate. Yeah, that sounds right. I tasted a sweetness that wasn’t grassy, and it wasn’t sugary either… It almost tasted like the sweet taste I associate with green beans or peas, but…I don’t know, with more of a floral touch? I also, at times, got a woody taste and there was a bitterness to it when it began to cool. I steeped it a couple of times, and it didn’t change much from one to the next. I probably could have gone for more but then my stomach started telling me it was time to eat so when I got back I decided to move on to something more familiar since I was having difficulty focusing.

This probably isn’t helping you very much; I’m losing my trail of thought, too. But I wanted to get this down so that I would remember it when I inevitably try darjeeling again. It wasn’t unpleasant, but I definitely need to be drinking it when I can pay attention. If I remember what I’ve read about these correctly, they’re supposed to be relatively complex.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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In the mood for a Darjeeling and this one really hits the spot. Tastes fresh, a bit buttery.

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