Review: Golden Tips Tea Avongrove 2nd Flush 2011

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Thumbs up!"There's a surprising fullness to the liquor that makes the astringency seem fat and pleasing rather than thin and overly drying. The muscatel notes are rich and rewarding "
Jamie’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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I have been enjoying a great number of second flush Darjeelings lately, which I consider one of the happy things to look toward as summer closes and autumn opens up. Seems as though I never start drinking second flush teas till August or September and I love them for the simple reason that they resonate with autumnal flavors to my tastes, but still have a summery fullness that benefits my summer loving side.

This leaf is harvested from the Avongrove tea estate, obviously, and is comprised of very dark leaf, coal colored with dark chocolate leaves here and there. The leaves are small to medium and lightly curled. The scent is sweet, full and fruity floral with a nice apple and pear kind of element to it.

I prepared my cup using a standard 8 ounces of just under the boil water to a teaspoon of leaf and allowed a three minute infusion. This yields a pumpkin colored cup with scents mostly dry and leafy and autumnal. The tea is astringent in the nose but also full and rich.

I love the flavor. It's full and sweet with a good, characteristic muscatel flavor that seems a perfect merge of autumn harvest fruits like pear and apple with nice astringency. The finish, indeed, is fairly dry, but not unpleasantly so. There's a surprising fullness to the liquor that makes the astringency seem fat and pleasing rather than thin and overly drying. The muscatel notes are rich and rewarding - light sweetening makes this a perfect afternoon sip. For morning sipping I enjoyed it without sweetener. Cooling develops and thins out the astringent qualities. To me, this seemed a second flush with a lot of classic character. I liked that there was some dynamism going on in the cup as cooling took place. A second infusion is well worthwhile. Very enjoyable!

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Avongrove 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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