This is the last of my first flush darjeeling samples from Upton. sniff
I should have purchased them all!
I’m not sure where my tea thermometer is (again) but this was steeped at well below boiling. Out of the 3 FF darjeelings I’ve had so far from Upton, this has the most classic muscatel or grape notes. The liquor of this tea is light yellow and the aroma is fresh and light. I don’t get the pungency Upton describes in their note, but maybe that has to do with the water temp I used. I am getting a lovely sweetness in the finish which is quite delicious. This is very tempting, especially for the price, which is less than some of their other offerings. I think perhaps I do like the others I reviewed a bit more, flowery and tropical fruit practically transformed me to a different place!