Review: Golden Tips Tea Pure Darjeeling Spring Flush Tea

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Not Great"So many other quality Darjeelings on the market far exceed the experience of this tea that I just don't see the point. "
Dan’s Teaview: 4/10
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I'm beginning to wonder if Golden Tips shouldn't focus more on quality rather than quantity. They offer a plentiful assortment of teas (over 40 varieties of Darjeeling alone) in fanciful boxes and bags and packages, but several of the offerings I've sampled of late seem to fall pretty flat. The Pure Darjeeling Spring Flush tea no longer appears on their website, so it is not clear whether or not this tea is still offered. (Note: The link offered here is to Golden Tips general website - a fine establishment that offers an array of teas, and perhaps this specific product will one day be available again. Do note that a "Golden Tips Pure Darjeeling" is on offer, but is not clear if that will be the spring flush.)

The dried leaf presents an appearance and aroma that is the best part of this tea - mid-sized leaves, mostly chocolaty brown with an appropriate sprinkling of flatter green leaf bits. The scent is excitingly woody and aromatic, but unfortunately the brewed tea does not live up to the expectation.

A standard benchmark steeping with freshly-boiled water, cooled down a notch or two, for a 4-minute infusion, produces a rather bland cup. The color is deep-yellow, aroma falls flat, and the taste follows suit. A second infusion of Darjeeling is always the true test for me personally, and here it is equally flat. Granted, this isn't a terrible cup, but it's definitely a "why bother" cup. So many other quality Darjeelings on the market far exceed the experience of this tea that I just don't see the point.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Pure Darjeeling Spring Flush 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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