CJ’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Mild or monster-strong! You can brew this to suit your mood."|
This is a mercurial tea. At one moment it had no smell and no taste. The next minute, my nose got whiffs of cocoa and flowers. When I opened the package, I was enticed. The odor was the familiar, grassy, tannin one I so adore in black teas. When I poured boiling water into my pot, the smell disappeared. After brewing three to five minutes like the Golden Tips website instructed, I still got no scent--and no taste! So I brewed longer. In fact, I abandoned the notion of straining altogether and put a cozy over the pot. After 7 minutes, the tea was more to my liking; astringent, malty, but still maintaining
the mellowness that Golden Tips (GT) bragged about in the tea's description.
After 10 minutes, the brew reminded me distinctly of coffee! It smelled and tasted robust and sharp, yet still mellow. What a treat for this coffee lover whose stomach can't handle the greasy nuances in a cup of bean brew. No wonder this tea is sold out on GT's website. It's easy to prepare, can be steeped forever to suit one's taste, and it has many personalities. The many personalities are no doubt due to the fact that this blend is a combination of high quality teas from the best tea-producing areas in Darjeeling. More often than not, one Darjeeling is good. A combination of Darjeelings must be even better, right? This one is. And although GT says this blend is "very delicate and strikingly mellow," that description is but one of this tea's many facets.
I would recommend this blend for its flexibility alone. Whether you are in the mood for a fancy porcelain cup of afternoon Darjeeling, or a steaming mug of strong, foamy, wake-up juice, this tea will serve you well. I rate it a 9.
— To purchase Golden Tips of Darjeeling Second Pick Delicate Darjeeling, 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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