Monday, December 2, 2013

Tea Review: Avongrove Darjeeling 1st Flush (Teahouse Kuan Yin)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 2

Avongrove Darjeeling 1st Flush (2012)
Teahouse Kuan Yin
Type:  Black
Origin:  Avongrove Estate, Darjeeling, India
Product Description:  Not provided.

Temperature:  208° F
Amount:  3 grams
Steeping Time:  3 minutes

The dry leaves have a spicy aroma with notes of wood, fruit, and even pepper.

The light amber infusion has an aroma of flowers and honey with a floral taste and a velvet finish.

This tea was a bit more powerful in flavor than I was expecting for a 2012 Darjeeling and I would like to try it again at a slightly lower brewing temperature.  At three steepings this tea remained aromatic and flavorful.  I noticed notes of honey more in the second steeping than in the first and third.  

I purchased this tea from Teahouse Kuan Yin in early 2013, and it appears that they do not currently have it in stock.

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