|"The taste is all I expect in a Second Flush and more. Overall the flavor is very smooth with a sweet aftertaste and rather light astringency for a Darjeeling."|
Recently I was contacted by Golden Tips and asked if I would review some of their teas. Since I have been rather happy with the teas that I have had in the past from this vendor who is based in India, I immediately agreed.
The first one I grabbed from my box of samples is a Summer or Second Flush Darjeeling from the Arya Estate. All of the teas grown on this estate are organic which is always a plus in my book. The leaves of this tea are wiry and range the gambit of browns from a light golden to a charcoal brown with quite a few silver tips. When dry, the leaves have a fruity aroma that brings to mind a heavier wine or perhaps a port.
I brewed up my leaves according to the suggestions on the sample using 195 degree water and a steep time of three minutes. The resulting liquor is a darker golden brown with a strong muscatel aroma which is a delight to the senses.
The taste is all I expect in a Second Flush and more. Overall the flavor is very smooth with a sweet aftertaste and rather light astringency for a Darjeeling. It has a woody flavor that is lightened by hints of apples, grapes and a lingering caramel tastes that lingers.
As you can tell, I am very happy with this Darjeeling and it is a good reminder why I tend to prefer the second flush. The flavors are a bit earthier and stronger. The muscatel which I love is very present in this tea. I have put it on my list of teas to pick up for my personal stash.
— To purchase Golden Tips Arya Ruby Darjeeling Second Flush, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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