The leaves of the first flush are choppy and small and tinged green. The steep was astringent, reminding me of a Japanese green tea. The aroma was of toasted chestnuts with a mildly floral flavor.
I prepared my cup using one teaspoon of leaves steeped for three minutes with boiling water. The color of the steep was a honey yellow. This tea would not pair well with milk, I think. On the other hand, the second flush can handle milk but I preferred to drink mine without milk.
The second flush is different from the first flush in other ways. The leaves are longer, darker, and tinged reddish-brown. The dry leaves smell like cocoa nibs and so does the steep! This flush tastes likes a classic Darjeeling.
The color of the second flush steep is quite vibrant; perfect hue and flavor for the season. I would substitute this flush in place of English or black tea in the banana chai loaf with masala drizzle recipe available on the Nudo website.