Review: Golden Tips Tea Runglee Rungliot, 2nd Flush 2011

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Thumbs up!"The Runglee Rungliot Second Flush is one of the more unique Darjeeling teas I've enjoyed in recent months."
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Golden Tips is arguably the premier source for direct-sourced Darjeeling Tea at the moment. Their selection is expansive and breathtaking, with many rare and prestigious teas, and they are well-organized in their offerings. The Runglee Rungliot estate in the Teesta valley produces a literal mountain of tea - almost half a million pounds worth, annually.

The dried leaf is medium to long, well-twisted, and mostly muted brown with plenty of flecks of green hued leaves peppered throughout. Aroma is slight, but sweet and malty - both dried leaf and brewed liquor emit a similar intensity and scent profile.

A 3-minute infusion has been working for me with many Golden Tips offerings lately, as I find it lends to a more satisfying second infusion. The initial cup is a deep yellow hue with that same sweetly malty aroma described above, yet also sweetly vegetal. On the palette, there is an umami flavor of leafy greens (yet again somewhat sweet). The cup is very full and smooth, and a slight astringency causes barely-detectable pucker where cheek meets gums. A second infusion works equally well with a 3-4 minute steep. The cup presents a slightly different yet still plenty flavorful profile.

The Runglee Rungliot Second Flush is one of the more unique Darjeeling teas I've enjoyed in recent months. It's strength and overall adherence to a true Darjeeling experience are a bit reserved, but the subtle nuances and unique similarities to those of a Yunnan gold tea are intriguing.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Runglee Rungliot, 2nd Flush 2011, 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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