Tea type: black tea, first flush darjeeling Brand: Vahdam
How to prepare it: 3 to 5 minutes, 90/100 °C (212 °F)
Both the scent of a black and a green tea: interestingly halfway. Still it has the spicy, sweet note typical of all darjeeling teas, even if it’s quite weak.
Its scent is closer to a green tea than to a black one: the spicy note is strongly covered by the herbal, green-tea scent. In the end is perceivable a slight scent of wood.
Very similar to the dry one, but someway weaker. The bitter scent given by the tannins is clearer. Still presents herbal notes.
In few words, a light second-flush darjeeling with unexpected herbal notes. It's milder and sweeter compared to a second-flush, still it has some weaker spicy note tipical of all darjeelings, that hazelnut-and-dried-fruit savour. However, new flavours typical of the green teas add an interesting complexity to this blend.
If you are darjeeling lover and you are looking for something new, but not too far from your first love, then this tea should make the case. Don't expect a strong tea: it's light, but still full of hidden shades.
My score is 8.5/10