Dry leaf is your usual Darjeeling mix of small, twisted leaves ranging from black to pale green. There’s a light fruity smell, and that “black tea” smell.
Steeped, the leaf is medium brown pieces. Fragrance is tangy and spicy, less fruity that the dry leaf.
Soup is clear reddish brown, and fragrant. Notes of spice, tanginess, earth, a hint of muscatel but not much, and a bit of bitterness at the tail end of the sip. Finish is well spiced and fairly long.
Bit heavier body and weightier flavour than I’ve experienced with many Darjeelings. Not a bad breakfast tea.
Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Fruity, Muscatel, Spices, Tangy