Friday, March 22, 2013

Darjeeling TeaXpress 2012 Darjeeling Second Flush Sungma Musk Supreme Black Tea

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat curled with a few golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teapot and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep amber

The threat of a snow storm had me holed up at home and what else is there to do at such a time but make a pot of Darjeeling? This particular tea hit the spot. It was hearty and brisk with notes of chocolate and spice. I can certainly see where the musk part of this tea's name comes from because there was an earthy floral quality. The finish was dry and slightly astringent but no unpleasantly so. My second infusion was much softer than the first but the signature muscatel flavor became more apparent. Although the two infusions were very different from each other, they offered the best of both worlds. As much as I love all tea, I have a major weak spot for Darjeeling. This is the second tea that I've tried from this company and so far I have been very impressed. They seem to really know their stuff.

You can find out more about this tea here.