Review: Golden Tips Tea Singbulli Tea Muscatel Second Flush 2010

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Thumbs up!"Most prominent aside from a slightly bullying dry astringency was a delicious tinge of citrus merging with a dry fruity sweetness."
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The mostly dark, short and twisty leaf of this second flush darjeeling has a playful, fruity scent to it. I steeped a level teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of filtered water brought to a boil and allowed to cool for about 30 seconds. The cup produced by this treatment is a darker copper color with a halo of gold around the edge of the cup. The tea is dry in the mouth, with a very slightly oaky or woody flavor and a tiny hint of smokiness that I sometimes felt I was imagining. Most prominent aside from a slightly bullying dry astringency was a delicious tinge of citrus merging with a dry fruity sweetness. This particular tea brews very strongly in flavor, but is curiously only medium strength in body. There's a pretty hefty dose of astringency with this leaf and I found myself encouraged to sweeten this cup up a bit.

I used a few drops of liquid stevia and found that this mellowed the slight bite from the dryness and seemed to convince it to play nicely with the other good flavors - the fruitier flavors in particular. The sweetened cup still has a little smokiness to it that I couldn't quite place or figure out but enjoyed very much. Citrus, woody, and fruity muscatel notes all take their place on stage as well and the dryness appears at the finish rather than battling it out for the fore-front. Now it provides a pleasing closure - non bitter and not overbearing.

I found the unsweetened cup of this tea to be a little too strong for my tastes, surprisingly. I thought the sweetened cup reformed the leaf a bit and made something I felt on the fence about tastewise become a delight to sip, morning or afternoon. Rather than a cup that seems to need sweetener to mask bad elements, this one just seems completed by the addition of a little sweetener. Without it, the astringency tasted a bit out of balance, but remained drinkable, just a bit too much for my tastes.

An enjoyable and reliable cup, particularly for those who like their tea sweetened.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Singbulli Tea Muscatel 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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