4.25 tsp for 1L water @90C, steeped 4 minutes 30 seconds with gentle agitation from the rising and falling tea basket in a Breville Tea Maker.
Dry leaf: dark brown with some copper. Very little green leaf. The occasional twig. Muted muscatel scent.
Wet leaf: lighter browns, scent of faint muscatel and just-turned earth.
Liquor: more red than brown. Beautiful. a joy to watch steep as well.
A robust second flush blend, plenty of muscatel, some floral notes, a tiny bit of smoke, stone fruit, pepper, and oak. (I made it strong.) Bright mineral notes. Gorgeous second flush Darjeeling — nothing else like it.