Bright golden blanc de noirs champagne colors fills the cup as the scent of cooked herbs and violets rises slowly from what can only be described as a very special tea experience. Brisk notes of muscatel are surrounded by a menagerie of mildly sweet floral notes and nutty spice complexity that is actually hard to put a finger on. This would be a great time to insert profanity, as this review would really benefit the use of some colorful metaphors – haha. It tastes of life (to be as esoteric and nondescript as possible – sorry). The tea has a youthful astringency with a limestone finish that lasts for a ridiculous amount of time and draws upon very reclusive citrus notes.
This is EXACTLY what a world class Darjeeling 1st flush should taste like… absolutely brilliant. Lovely on its own, but I could really see this pairing well with some semi-sweet fruit preserves, goat cheese and just some good warm bread. Not at all inexpensive, but that’s Darjeeling for you. A 2nd and mild 3rd steep were possible, but the well defined beauty drifted a bit at each additional infusion. Get your hands on a sample or see if you can get your tea merchant to do a 15g or 25g bag. This tea is not to be missed.

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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A Food and Beverage professional for over 15 years in Chicago Illinois and professional musician. Studying tea, along with wine, beer, spirits and food has been a lifetime passion.
Aside from my service profession I am a private music teacher and music director for multiple music ensembles including The Chicago Zither Orchestra.
Pastimes include composing instrumental music, collecting and listening to historical and rare classical music recordings, gourmet cooking and enjoying the sport of baseball.

Tea: I am really into a wide variety of teas. I tend to avoid flavored teas but will try herbal teas. If I had to list favorites I am a fan of Japanese shaded green teas, Darjeeling 1st flushes, Assam 2nd flushes, Pu-erh (sheng and shou), Oolongs and delicate refined whites. I really do not have a favorite tea, just as I do not have a favorite food, wine, artist or composer… as there are just far too many enjoyable variables and differences that can be “my favorite” depending on the context.

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