Review: Golden Tips Pure Darjeeling Summer Flush

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I’m feeling fancy so it stands to reason that I’m currently drinking the Champagne of teas. Darjeeling tea can only be produced in the Darjeeling region of India, so in that way Darjeeling is to the world of tea what Champagne is to the world of wine. Darjeeling also has a very distinctive almost fruity flavor that is often described as wine-like. In fact, some high quality Darjeeling teas have a very desirable muscatel flavor.

The Golden Tips tea company offers a Summer Flush Darjeeling among their First, Second, and Autumn Flush Darjeeling teas. After searching high and low for Summer Flush Darjeeling on the Golden Tips website, I found that Golden Tips currently only sells their Summer Flush Darjeeling in gift sets and they provide no information on this tea. 2nd Flush is widely regarded as Summer Flush by many Darjeeling tea companies, but it would seem that Golden Tips might regard what other tea companies call Monsoon Flush as their Summer Flush. Monsoon Flush Darjeeling teas are picked during the rainy season and they’re bolder than First and Second Flushes in both flavor and appearance. The Monsoon Flush Darjeeling teas are often seen as less desirable than First and Second Flush Darjeelings, and they're mostly used in breakfast blends. Considering all of the information I can gather from the sample I was given, I’m fairly confident that Golden Tips Summer Flush is a Monsoon Flush Darjeeling.

The leaves are mostly leggy, dark brown with some light green flecks mixed in. There's also a lovely, strong, fruity aroma to the dry tea. The liqueur is a bright, ruddy copper color with a malty nose. My first sip is rich and very wine-like with caramel and subtle muscatel notes. The finish is mellow, malty, and slightly sweet. Summer Flush Darjeeling defiantly reminds me of an English Breakfast tea in its flavor and appearance.

I brewed Golden Tips Summer Flush Darjeeling at 212 degrees for four minutes. I found my first cup of Summer Flush to be self-sipping and I didn’t feel the need to add sweetener or milk. I added a bit of almond milk and stevia to my second cup and this brought out even more of the English Breakfast flavor. I would recommend this Summer Flush Darjeeling as a decent breakfast or afternoon tea.

— To purchase Golden Tips Pure Darjeeling Summer Flush, 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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