MAKAIBARI FIRST FLUSH 2018
Tea type: Darjeeling black tea
Brand: Kusmi Tea
How to prepare it: 3 minutes, 85°C (185 °F)
Truly particular, uncommon. Extremely sweet. It recalls me both - at the same time - a first flush Darjeeling and a white tea. Smooth herbal notes with some hints of honey and wood arise all together in one shot. Finally a light floral note arises. Defintely thick, full-bodied.
Stringly consistent to the dry one, however now the floral notes are stronger with some spicy hints, like nutmeg. Just a few tannin, but still extremely sweet and thick.
Literally a flavours blast! It has an uncommon sweetness: it’s sweet, yes, but not sweetish (which is an enormous difference). It remebers me honey , the crystallized one, thick and sugary. Then there are strong
floral notes which are typical of some white
tea, such as the Shangry La, from Himalaya. An incredible light tannin note, really enjoyable, gives more complexity, texture and body to the brew. At the end a few herbal notes arise, leaving a slightly astringent aftertaste.
Problably the best Darjeeling that I have ever tried until now. Sweet and full-bodied, complex, but not criptic. It knows how to be enjoyable! A tea suitable for importants events. Every flavour, scent and aftertaste in this tea cooperates perfectly with each other, guaranteeing a real taste explosion at every sip.