India Darjeeling 2nd Flush Rohini 'Enigma Muscatel Gold' Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Anise, Butter, Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Grass, Licorice, Malt, Muscatel, Orange Blossom, Rose, Toast, Violet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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A very well processed whole leaf Darjeeling with smooth sweet Muscatel tones and floral notes of orange blossom.

Produced exclusively from the AV2, considered the best Darjeeling clone and a high plucking standard of one bud and one or two leaves with meticulous processing.

Sourced direct from Rohini tea estate in Darjeeling.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth sweet taste
- Muscatel and orange blossom notes

Harvest: Second Flush, May 2017

Grade: FTGFOP1
Altitude: 900-1,200m
Cultivar: AV2
Origin: Rohini Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India
Farmers: Shiv Saria and his son Hrishikesh Saria
Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 25%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 3-4 minutes

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eastteaguy got to this one before I did.

Anyway, vague notes of chocolate, woody anise (barely there), with more present notes of buttery apricot, honey, autumn leaves, and mega loads of orange blossom amidst its general muscatelness. I’d say this tea is a little lighter than the usual muscatel Darjeelings I’ve had, but it has a malt quality if brewed for four minutes (2 grams) and it is very, very buttery. There were days where I could down this, and other days were I had to drink it slowly. I liked it best around noon to four personally.

Again, a bit more of a snobs tea, but still very approachable and doable in a more traditional western fashion, albeit better with a little bit of sugar, or straight for purists. I prefer it pure, but I am a mad health nut before hatter.

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I haven’t reviewed as many Darjeelings this month, but in all honesty, that has ended up being a good thing. I was starting to get a little burnt-out on them and needed to take some time to focus on other types of tea. On that note, I have recently allowed myself to get back into green tea and roasted oolongs, which has been wonderful for me. I have been making the time to drink those types of tea more frequently. Quite frankly, I kind of forgot how much I liked them. When I noticed a few Darjeelings on What-Cha’s website that I had not previously tried, however, I had to pull the trigger, and naturally enough, I rushed to try them once I received them. I tend to like the Darjeelings Alistair sources and this one was no exception. In fact, I wish I had purchased a larger amount!

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped 3 grams of loose leaf material in approximately 8 ounces of 203 F water for 5 minutes. No additional infusions were attempted.

Prior to infusion, I picked up aromas of anise, licorice, and wood coming from the dry leaf material. After infusion, I found that aromas of chocolate, malt, Muscatel, caramel, and orange blossom had emerged. The liquor offered notes of grass, anise, licorice, toast, malt, cream, butter, roasted almond, violet, orange blossom, rose, and Muscatel balanced by subtler-than-expected flavors of chocolate and caramel. Oddly, I did not pick up any notes of wood. The finish was smooth and clean, offering lingering notes of malt, roasted almond, orange blossom, cream, and Muscatel.

I’m a huge fan of darker, toastier second flush Darjeelings, especially those that have a heavy Muscatel character, so it should come as no surprise that this tea did the trick for me. I greatly appreciated the complexity this tea offered and was especially impressed by its nice mouthfeel and overall depth. Definitely one for connoisseurs, I recommend this tea highly to anyone who is even remotely appreciative of Darjeeling black teas.

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Butter, Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Grass, Licorice, Malt, Muscatel, Orange Blossom, Rose, Toast, Violet

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
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I had a 2014 Rohini Enigma Second Flush Darjeeling from Lochan Tea that also had rose notes, and it was good enough that I still remember it fondly. I used to steep it around 180F to bring out the maximum florals, though it probably muted a bunch of other things. I also have a 2017 version of Rohini Enigma from Lochan that I’ve yet to try.

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