It is a well-known fact that Darjeeling Tea is famous all over the world and a great deal of care is involved in its processing and preparation. A delicate combination of the various variables include where the tea is grown, the soil and climatic conditions along with specific methods. These methods consist of how the tea is grown and processed which in turn lend each of the Darjeeling Tea it’s unique character, aroma and flavor. In order to appreciate this ‘labor of love’ all the more, we need not be professional tea tasters. However, the following directions will certainly help you to savor the flavor as you discover a whole new enriched experience. So where to start off and what are the parameters to consider? We start with the appearance of the tea leaves, then graduate to aroma once brewed, next our attention turns to the flavor and finally to the feel in the mouth. THE APPEARNACE: You can easily procure Darjeeling Tea Online or from the retail stores. Once you have obtained the fresh tea, you can embark on the exciting journey of tea tasting exploration. At first, the dry tea is inspected. The very first impression of it provides an idea of the shape, color, texture and the presence of tea buds, if any. On one hand, the shape of the leaves could be big or small and the color could range from being uniform to a blend. On the other hand, the texture of the leaves can be sticky, crumbled or reduced to fine dust. If the tea crunches between the fingers, then it means that it hasn’t absorbed moisture from the environment and will contribute to the rich quality of the flavor. This is an indication of a good quality tea. TAKING IN THE AROMA: Once the brew has been prepared, the waft of the aroma of the particular Darjeeling Tea can be enjoyed. So, it is important to create the perfect brew at first. Generally about 2 – 3 gms of the tea are taken and regular tap or bottle water is required. Ideally spotless white crockery should be taken so that the depth and color of the developing brew can be seen. Generally, the brew should take about 3 minutes. When brewed, the resulting infusion is called liquor. Generally 3 things are looked into. These are primarily the color, the physical appearance and clarity. From this infusion, results the waft of aroma which is sure to engage your senses and tempt you to trying out the tea at the earliest! But hold on! There are to methods of taking in the aroma - Through Deep inhalations - This is when the brew is held as close to your nose as possible and then you take a deep breath. Panting Action - This is when the brew is held as close to your nose and you take rapid, shallow inhalations through the nose. SAVOURING THE FLAVOR: As you taste the liquor, you tend to roll it on your tongue. Given the different taste bud areas on the tongue, the flavor of the particular tea is felt very uniquely. A lot can be said from the feel of the tea in the mouth, for instance the strength of the tea, the sweetness or bitterness and so on. The feel in the mouth tells you about the sensations you feel in your mouth when you taste tea. With different teas triggering different sensations, savoring the flavor gives you the wholesome tea experience. So when you do Buy Darjeeling Tea, you sure are in for a delightful treat that brings your senses alive! Thus, as you follow the above directions, you shall find that sipping a cup of Fresh Darjeeling Tea has become a much more enjoyable experience!
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