The amazing Dexter3657 sent me a large sample of this. Thank you! I was such in the mood for a good Darjeeling!
This one was not in the data base, so I’m the first to review here.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a hand rolled Darjeeling before. It is so well crafted, a beautiful tea.
As a blind taste, I would not have guessed it was a second flush, it’s missing some boldness. I think this is the Darjeeling that could convert the non Darjeeling lovers. (Dexter, you should have given it a shot before sending me so generously the full sample!)
It’s very close to a white tea, so delicate and it’s got that juicy feel quality to it. It’s very sweet and gently floral. It’s fruity but without the heavier muscatel normally found in SF. I don’t even find any of the usual brisk astringency, no bitterness factor whatsoever.
An unusual Darjeeling, but so spring like, refreshing and refined, like any good Darjeeling should be.
No wonder Darjeeling is referred to as “le Champagne des thés!”
I could totally have a cocktail of this mixed with champaign. I think I would call it a Champeling!
Thanks again Dexter3657!