Description: The freshly made tea leaves of this first flush tea of the 2017 season from this century old garden, established by Buddhist monks, shows characteristics of a typical first flush Darjeeling tea with hints of prominent musky bite and floral notes and fruitiness. The leaves belong to old China cultivar and is predominantly greenish in appearance with an average sorting which is apparent in the infused leaves even though it is graded as SFTGFOP1 by the tea garden.
Liquor: Bright a slightly darker yellowish coloured liquor has a bold body which was as a result of 5 minutes of steeping at 95ºC (203ºF). The first sip has that spicy burst of astringency, which is slight and pleasant. There is a feeling of freshness with this tea, apart from the sweetness of floral and fruity flavours leaving behind a sweet sensation coupled with the characteristic astringent bite but the sweetness overwhelms the astringency, which is of grapes and citrus and could be felt around the tip, leaving a nice after taste which lingers and tickles your senses for a while.
All in all a perfect, regular first flush tea from the season.