Before tasting this tea, from the Puttabong Estate, I was expecting the flavour to be totally different to the average Darjeeling, for two reasons. First, classic Darjeeling isn’t oxidized to the extent this black tea has been. Second, the most notable Darjeeling teas are harvested in the spring. I wasn’t surprised to find that a bulk of the flavour is more like a dark toasted oolong, with light Assam notes. Towards the finish is a quick fruitiness and very slight muscatel flavour, that is prominent in Darjeeling. Again, the whole first hit of notes are dark, but the end holds some light white grapes and peach notes.
Flavors: Fruity, Grapes, Muscatel, Peach, Stonefruit, Toasted