The dried leaves are a rich dark brown, almost black. There’s a lot more dust and fannings than I usually see in Darjeelings, but there’s some good-sized leaves too. The scent is autumn leaves and wood and malt.
The steeped tea is a deep, orangey-brown. It smells of malt and autumn leaves. The taste is typical Darjeeling: very little astringency, a bit of muscatel, some woody and dead leaf-y notes.
Overall, a very good mid-range Darjeeling. Not the best I’ve ever had, but a great buy for the price.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Malt, Muscatel, Wood