Leaf Type: Black (Darjeeling)
Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea
Light golden and bright liquor with a floral and malty flavor. It has a mellow taste with subtle citrus hints and a sweet lingering finish. Deeply satisfying.
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The dry leaf of this Organic Puttabong STGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling from Happy Earth Tea has a pleasant earthy scent. Once brewed, the aroma becomes more woodsy and floral, but I can still detect some of the earthy tones I noticed in the dry leaf.
The flavor is mild and possesses light fruit notes. There is also notes of flower and wood, but I’m not tasting so much of the earthy notes found in the fragrance.
I like the how the floral notes build. They start off really subtle, and then toward mid-cup, they become much more pronounced. It’s a sweet, exotic sort of flowery taste, orchid perhaps? The woodsy notes are much more subdued here, and they seem to be there to offer a more grounded contrast in flavor to the floral tones.
The fruit notes start off rather obscure … I can taste a ‘fruit-like’ note but, it isn’t really distinct or well-defined. After I’ve consumed about a quarter of the cup, though, I start to notice bright citrus-y notes.
There isn’t a lot of “muscatel” taste to this Darjeeling, then again, I didn’t really expect there to be, because this is a first flush tea, and typically first flush Darjeeling teas do not possess much of a strong muscatel flavor. But, that’s OK … I enjoy this tea for what it is! It is a crisp tea with a refreshing taste that seems to sparkle on the palate as I sip it. Very nice!