I was recently given a number of sample loose leaf packets of First Flush Darjeelings by a Japanese tea shop, Lupicia (lupiciausa.com)
I was told that as a fan of oolongs, I might also take right to darjeelings as they have many similarities.
I've brewed darjeeling twice now and drunk it from the Leland Tea Company as they've brewed it and I'm afraid I'm not seeing it.
I don't wish to insult anybody's choice of tea or love of darjeelings, just saying that when I've drunk it, I've personally found darjeelings to taste somewhat smoky, with a flavor I describe as "weedy"- dry and sort of flat, like a Nepal tea of indeterminate quality a friend once gave me.
I don't see the similarities to green tea or to oolong (at least, the floral light ones that I prefer) at all. The only oolong I've drunk that was similar is a several years-old bag of indeterminate origin that I got from a cool looking cardboard cannister that my mother had sitting on her desk. I naturally expect it's long past its prime.
I have tried brewing them between 3-5 minutes, with near-boiling water, around 200F. Should I be using a different temperature or steeping time?