|"The flavor maintained this spice-and-grape appeal in the top note and middle. The finish was slightly citrusy, minty, and mildly astringent - quite alright given the superb delivery and body."|
I was surprised by the appearance of this spring-grown tea, simply because the leaves were a might darker than expected. If I was judging these blind - a feat I can never pull off well - I would've guessed they were second flush at least. The golds, dark browns and greens threw off any sense of growing season. The aroma, however, gave away their youth, betraying a spicy but muted mint sensation on the nostrils.
Brewing instructions were - as usual - present but complicated on the Golden Tips site. Not even the actual estate's website gave any information that was concrete. They mentioned that it was up to the brewer's preference. My steeping standards for Darjeelings usually called for a 1 tsp in 8oz of shy-of-a-boil water, steeped for two-and-a-half minutes. They were recommendations imparted by a Twit-friend. I stuck to those for this as well.
The liquor infused to a deep gold with a spicy, grape-like aroma. Muscatel valley, indeed. It had the smell of a Riesling someone popped into a microwave on high; not too bold, though. I also noted a sweetness on the tail end of the scent, not an attribute I associate with Darjeelings. The flavor maintained this spice-and-grape appeal in the top note and middle. The finish was slightly citrusy, minty, and mildly astringent - quite alright given the superb delivery and body. I would happily fill my cup with this again. Pinkie raised with pride.
— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Goomtee (Muscatel Valley), First Flush 2010, 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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