Review: Golden Tips Tea Temi Tea, Clonal, Second Flush 2010

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Sikkim is a landlocked state in Northern India situated in the Himalayas. It has a very peculiar reputation, being the "Atlantic City"-equivalent in the Near East. In other words, it's a gambling vacation spot. The former kingdom only possesses one tea garden - Temi - and it's considered quite new by estate standards. (Founded in the 1960s.) Temi teas are known for their unusual aroma and flavor, differing from other Himalayan teas.

I can see why given the scent for this second flush. Along with the usual spice I detect in high-grown Indian teas, there was also an impression of citrus. Odd, considering the last Temi tea I tried - a first flush - didn't have that aromatic note to it. The appearance of the leaves were also quite lovely, the usual Indian bouquet ranging from green to brown. I was eager to steep the Himalayan heck out of 'em.

Safest brewing bet for a lighter, high-altitude tea was (usually) 1 teaspoon in 8oz of "up-to-a-boil" water, steeped for two-and-a-half-to-three minutes. I aimed for the lighter so as to maintain the supposed citrus I smelled.

Wow, they weren't kidding around when they said unusual. I was wrong in my citrusy prediction, it wasn't that. Instead, in its place was another fruit; still a citrus, but markedly different aromatic and flavor profile. Grapefruit. This smelled and tasted like grapefruit. That and the color of the liquid resembled the innards of a grapefruit. Oh, sure, there was also a sense of mild malt and muscatel, but the dominant impression was grapefuit. (How many times can I use grapefruit in a paragraph?)

Temi has surprised me yet again, although - unlike the first flush - the second flush shows off the uniqueness of this type of tea. I'm not sure what this clonal was growing next to, but I want - nay, need - to know. This is a flawless second flush...and only the second I've ever had.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Temi Tea, Clonal, Second 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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One Response to “Review: Golden Tips Tea Temi Tea, Clonal, Second Flush 2010”

  1. Vijay Kumar Says:

    Golden Tips Teas are awesome when it comes to black teas. Temi Sikkim Black Tea Second Flush is a combination of brown & black leaves with a few silver tips. It has a sharp and pleasant taste. I was addicted in a way to this blend of Tea in 2014. A good find really by Golden Tips Teas.

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