This is a wonderfully balanced and complex green. There is an incredible give-and-take on the palate between a thick honey sweetness and a vegetal corn savoriness. There is also a refreshing fruitiness that adds just enough tartness to keep things interesting.
Once again, another Darjeeling green that was a really fun tea to drink. While not on the same level as the Emerald Arya Darjeeling green tea, this is incredibly affordable ($12/100g) for what it delivers. I am between making Lu Shan Yun Wu or this as my go-to green tea to buy in bulk. Really a great tea.
Dry leaf – chocolate powder, carob, dried parsley and cilantro, hints of coriander seed. In preheated vessel – wildflower honey and stewed red fruit notes arrive.
Smell – sweet corn, cooked zucchini, clover honey, honeysuckle; hints of chocolate and citrus.
Taste – sweet corn, bean sprouts, sweet grass arrival. Honey notes consistently appear throughout development, finish, and aftertaste. Hint of chocolate. Cooked blackberry. Mint and fresh herb in aftertaste, coriander seed. Orange peel and tropical fruit appear well into the aftertaste.