Review: DarjeelingTeaXpress Darjeeling Gopaldhara Second Flush Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"It's rich and hearty with a malty, molasses flavour."
Katie’s Teaview: 7/10
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While this tea technically has a leaf grade of FTGFOP-1 (Very Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), since those terms don't always correlate to quality, that doesn't necessarily mean much. I find the classifications useful for determining the grade of a leaf within a single supplier, but since I have no previous experience from this company, I can't even tell you how they tend to use the terms. These small choppy leaves are mostly brown with some flecks of colour, typical of a Darjeeling flush tea, though they are somewhat smaller than the FTGFOP1s I'm used to.

I steep a heaping teaspoon at 195° for 3.5 minutes. The deep burgundy liquor's malty and robust smell is more typical to an Autumnal Darjeeling than a second flush. It has a thick, coating mouthfeel, and again the flavour is more typical to an Autumnal. It has none of the muscatel, fruity, citrus, light flavours of many seconds. It's rich and hearty with a malty, molasses flavour. It is somewhat woody with plant-like herbal characteristics, perhaps reminiscent of rosemary.

It's definitely different. I probably wouldn't buy it for myself, but that's purely a matter of taste. It is a good choice for people who don't prefer or are tired of the sharper flavours of second flush Darjeelings. I find the taste too muddled and heavy for me, but I will enjoy the rest of my sample and would drink this happily as an everyday tea. It's a good price for a good and somewhat different tea, but there are other gardens I tend to prefer.

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