Leaf Type: Black Darjeeling
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Bright, lively and full of flavor. Has a lovely muscatel character with a hint of nuttiness, an excellent 1st flush Darjeeling.
This is a very unusual Darjeeling. It is almost like a combination of Darjeeling and Assam teas! It has many of the characteristics I expect from a Darjeeling, but also some of the characteristics of a high quality Assam. Interesting… very interesting, indeed!
I can immediately sense the muscatel – I can smell the wine-like notes as well as taste them. But where this differs from a typical Darjeeling is that it isn’t as light-bodied. This tea is a little more solid and strong. Not quite as hefty as an Assam, but certainly not as sparkling as a Darjeeling. This seems to fall somewhere in the middle, making for a delightful medium-bodied tea.
There is a delicious undertone of malt to this tea, as well as a lovely honey-caramel sweetness. There is also a decidedly masculine note to this tea, almost “leathery” in presentation. There is also a toothsome quality to it – which is quite different than most Darjeeling teas that I’ve encountered. Like I said, this is really an unusual Darjeeling – unusual, but delicious.
This is a tea that I would recommend to the lovers of both Darjeeling and Assam. It makes for a great morning tea for the Darjeeling fan, and a great late afternoon tea for the Assam enthusiast. And for someone who just loves tea… you should really try this one!