i felt like brewing some of this tonight because i wanted something different. this is the only darjeeling ive tried and tbh i was a little unsure weather i could brew this right. but the tea gods shined down on me and i think i brewed it perfect, with my old stovetop kettle and western pot.
part way through i started chewing on a licorice root and that was a mistake i could have prevented- o well. this tea comes out mostly clear (light gold) and it doesnt look like a black, but i gues this is a characteristic of darjeeling.
it has a sweet floral aroma and the taste is delicate, sweet, with quite a bit of umami going on. im on my last cup and its not as hot as i want it but still nice. this tea also rides a thin line between floral and verdant, and i will definitely bring this one out more often.
the first time i tried this the water temp must have been too high because i remember this being bitter. if anyone is visiting vancouver, consider stoping by blue teapot at the quay in north van, they have a wide selection plus some teaware. adios.