Review: Golden Tips Tea Sparkling Delight

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Thumbs up!"a fairly decent brew, but it is not exactly textbook Darjeeling flavor"
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Continuing in the trend of my recent Darjeeling fixation, I sampled Golden Tips Tea's Sparkling Delight. Although I only received a small sample of this tea in a standard plastic bag, this tea normally comes packaged in a gem stone box. The Golden Tips Tea website provides more information on the artistic packaging than on the tea itself, so I can't really provide much background on this tea other than to say that it is a Darjeeling tea. The tea leaves are tight and wiry small black leaves. The dry elaf has a fruity aroma but also hints of vanilla and smoky notes. So far, this tea doesn't strike me as being very Darjeeling-ish, although I am looking forward to tasting this brew. I prepared the tea by steeping the leaves in boiling water for three minutes. The tea brewed up brighter than I expected and was a reddish tint, again not really what I expected for a Darjeeling. The liquid was somewhat opaque and not exactly what I would describe as "sparkling". The flavor is full-bodied and fairly heavy. It leaves a slightly smoky and peppery-spicy taste in my mouth. Overall, this is a fairly decent brew, but it is not exactly textbook Darjeeling flavor. This is a tea I would recommend as more appropriate for morning than other times of day since it is rather full-bodied and potent. The flavor does offer lots, so I would recommend it, but would caution anyone looking for a mroe typical Darjeeling flavor that this is probably not what you are looking for.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Sparkling Delight, 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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