This was a bit of a disappointment. Golden honey in color with tints of red moving into yellow hues near cups edge. Heavy sauna-like aroma of dry wood (aspen/cedar) and milk chocolate on the steeped leaves which do not transfer much to the cup. Much fruitier that other 2nd flush Darjeeling teas I have had, and also not as complex and a little muddy, where the individual notes are not defined and make it just taste like “tea”. Seems to be missing something… the classic muscatel notes are very quiet and the light astringency on the finish tends to make me think I am drinking a “dumbed down” or “Lite” version of what I was looking for. That being said, its not at all offensive… just not really that exciting for a single estate Darjeeling.

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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A Food and Beverage professional for over 15 years in Chicago Illinois and professional musician. Studying tea, along with wine, beer, spirits and food has been a lifetime passion.
Aside from my service profession I am a private music teacher and music director for multiple music ensembles including The Chicago Zither Orchestra.
Pastimes include composing instrumental music, collecting and listening to historical and rare classical music recordings, gourmet cooking and enjoying the sport of baseball.

Tea: I am really into a wide variety of teas. I tend to avoid flavored teas but will try herbal teas. If I had to list favorites I am a fan of Japanese shaded green teas, Darjeeling 1st flushes, Assam 2nd flushes, Pu-erh (sheng and shou), Oolongs and delicate refined whites. I really do not have a favorite tea, just as I do not have a favorite food, wine, artist or composer… as there are just far too many enjoyable variables and differences that can be “my favorite” depending on the context.

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