Namring Upper (Darjeeling 2018 I)

This year everything seems to be late. DSC 8497

This is ok. Somewhat worse is that the prices for Darjeeling have gone up again. I can only hope that the workers benefit from it, too. DSC 8499

My favorite this year so far is the Upper Namring “Premium”. I don’t know whether these little epithets like “Premium”,  “Wonder”, “Exotic” or “Supreme” have a qualifying meaning; I liked it better when they would just call it “Invoice 12”, counting the harvests. But clearly that requires explaining, while everybody seems to understand “Wonder”.DSC 8504

This “Premium” harvest ic clearly not completely uniform, but I like the mix of bright green leaves with the rolled darker ones, this gives the tea a slightly grassy note in addition to the floral character of a powerful Darjeeling.

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Next time I will try to visually convey the taste differences between 2017 and 2018 Puttabong Moondrops. 

Mouthwatering.

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