This was my afternoon tea today. I have been working on finishing up a few of the samples I have lying around and I was in the mood for a Darjeeling. It came down to either this or the Rohini Golden Buds, but I ended up selecting this one. I tend to be a fan of the teas produced by the Gopaldhara Estate and had heard some good things about this one. I found it to be a very pleasant, slightly quirky first flush Darjeeling with a pronounced fruity character.
I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped about 3-4 grams of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.
Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves emitted pleasantly fruity, malty, grassy aromas. After infusion, I detected clearer aromas of honey, peach, straw, grass, Muscatel, flowers, and melon. There were also subtle touches of wood, lemon zest, and smoke. In the mouth, I picked up a delicate mixture of honey, almond, straw, grass, cucumber, wood, smoke, lemon zest, tangerine, honeydew melon, white peach, malt, and Muscatel balanced by subtle minerals and fleeting impressions of dandelion, chrysanthemum, marigold, and violet. The finish was fruity and malty, offering lingering malt, Muscatel, melon, peach, and citrus notes with just a touch of floral character.
Yeah, this one was excellent. What-Cha normally does a great job sourcing Darjeelings, especially first flush Darjeelings. I kind of wish I had a little more of this to play around with, but I don’t. I may have to pick up some more soon. If you are a fan of first flush Darjeelings, give this one a shot. I doubt you will be disappointed.
Flavors: Almond, Citrus, Cucumber, Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Honey, Honeydew, Lemon Zest, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Peach, Smoke, Straw, Violet, Wood