Review: DarjeelingTeaXpress Darjeeling Gopaldhara Second Flush Green Tea

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Its OK"At the fore are some pleasant floral yet malty notes. Sadly these are quickly overwhelmed by an intense and bitter astringency."
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This is my first time both trying a tea from this company, as well as having a green tea from Darjeeling. I must say that right off the bat I'm very impressed with TeaXpress' website. Clear and easy to navigate, it features more information about each tea than the average tea consumer probably wants to know. It's truly a treat for dedicated Darjeeling fans to peruse and well worth a visit. The leaves present a great variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Taking a sniff, they smell faintly floral, with a smoky undertone.

I followed the instructions provided, infusing a teaspoonful of leaves in 8 ounces of water heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 3 and a half minutes. The steeped cup displays a burnt orange colour paired with an enticing toasted vegetable aroma. At the fore are some pleasant floral yet malty notes. Sadly these are quickly overwhelmed by an intense and bitter astringency. I experimented with shorter steep times but the results were similar. As the tea cools, it's flavour becomes delicately floral, as though tinged with honey. Unfortunately personally I feel this redeeming feature is not worth braving the hefty astringency of the finish.

My sample seems to have lots of tea dust in it, a fine layer settling at the bottom of my cup. I suspect that the bitter aftertaste I encountered with every cup would be lessened, were I able to completely remove the leaves from the cup and prevent over-brewing.

I should have known something was amiss, seeing as this tea is described as having an “assertive” astringency. Personally I just couldn't handle the brash and pushy bitter finish. For those who might be tempted by the experience of an extreme mouthfeel, this tea is available in a range of formats, including sample-sized.

— To purchase DarjeelingTeaXpress Darjeeling Gopaldhara Second Flush Green Tea, 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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