Review: Golden Tips Tea Jubilee

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Thumbs up!"A shining example of a proper Darjeeling. Moreover, an extremely intriguing tea with a variety of flavors, textures and surprises."
Dan’s Teaview: 9/10
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Golden Tips' offering of Jubilee Tea is one of the more rare and prized blends of Darjeeling teas they offer, and comes from across the estates of the Himalayas. The hyperbole of Golden Tips' self-described reviews (or any other purveyor on this planet, for that matter) can often skew one's true perception of the product at-hand, but in this case it is certainly warranted, and with merit.

The appearance of the tea in dried leaf form evokes quality from the onset: long, wiry leaves peppered with a smattering of - yes - golden, tippy bud-like leaves, amidst deeper browns and barely-greens. The aroma from the leaves is slight, yet remarkably smooth and inviting, with hints of wood and sage.

A 4 minute infusion produces a bright, coppery cup with the familiar muscatel scent that hints of the flavor to come. And it's flavor, in spades, that this tea has. Rich, luxurious Darjeeling flavor with the appropriate level of sharpness, floral notes, and a bold muscatel profile. It leaves a cooling sensation on the palette, almost like a peppermint tea, and leaving one wanting to equate that impression in the taste on the finish, but just as you are about to pinpoint that, you realize "wait a minute... this is not a mint tea..." and it's an odd yet exhilharating feeling. Before the finish, while lingering on the palette, the perfect touch of astringency creates another dimension, this time reminiscent of cinnamon or nutmeg -- but again, without those flavor profiles exactly, but rather the textures and glottal associations derived from your memory bank.

A shining example of a proper Darjeeling tea. Moreover, an extremely intriguing tea with a variety of flavors, textures and surprises. This offering is arguably one of the best I have sampled from Golden Tips' wide assortment of Darjeeling Teas, and if I had one place to suggest where to start in their overwhelming inventory, this would be it. (Note: Sadly, at the time of this writing, Golden Tips is sold out of this tea. But let's hope they acquire more, and soon.)

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Jubilee, 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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