Oh man, my backlog has grown exponentially since I received my order from Teabox. I have been mowing down Darjeeling samples at an unbelievable rate ever since. Naturally, I am now making an effort to start catching back up on my reviews. I think this was one of the free samples I received with my order. I’ve never been huge on teas from the Mim Estate since they always strike me as being a little too vegetal, but then again, I had only tried one prior to this one. Unfortunately, it did not change my opinion.
I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped about 3 grams of loose leaf material in 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.
Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas that were somewhat floral, herbal, and vegetal. After infusion, I detected aromas of mango, wood, grass, hay, fennel, and Muscatel. In the mouth, there were notes of malt, toast, grass, hay, lemongrass, fennel, kale, and collard greens balanced by notes of fresh flowers, wood, mango, apricot, peach, Muscatel, and smoke. The finish was clean and vegetal, offering lingering flavors of grass, hay, greens, wood, smoke, and malt.
This tea started off in an interesting manner, but quickly became a little too vegetal for my liking. It wasn’t bad, but I did not find it all that appealing. I have no doubt that some people may really like this tea. I just do not think that I will ever be one of them. To me, this was pretty good and nothing more.
Flavors: Apricot, Fennel, Flowers, Grass, Green, Hay, Kale, Lemongrass, Malt, Mango, Muscatel, Peach, Smoke, Toast, Vegetal