I really should “add to cupboard” because the sample derk sent was so generous. I suspect that I am going to drink it so fast that it makes more sense not to add to cupboard because I will be taking it off very soon!
Out of a box of super interesting looking teas, I picked this one to go first. I loved the name, and when it comes to Darjeeling I have found that I often prefer Autumn Flush.
Some Darjeeling is quite light, but this one has a nice, copper color. I steeped at 203F as recommended on the website, using a gaiwan.
The leaves are medium brown and have unfolded to reveal whole leaves about one and a half inches long, with lovely little serrations.
I am rewarded with a wonderful aroma and lots of flavor. I smell deeply toasted – but not at all burned – bread, a hint of molasses, and over and over again I think of caramel. I make a pound cake with caramel frosting and this comes to mind as I drink the tea. The tea has medium body and is sweet and smooth.
I made five steeps. By the fifth, a bit of briskness has developed, mostly noticeable in the lingering aftertaste. The color is still gorgeous.
This was paired with one single Godiva White Chocolate Birthday Truffle. Ha ha!
How have I not ordered from What-Cha yet? I must remedy this soon.
Thank you, derk! I can hardly wait to try the others, but I am being nice and waiting for my husband to get to try them with me!