Review: Golden Tips Tea Pure Darjeeling Spring Flush Tea

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Its OK"This tea got off to a great start, then ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth"
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I’ve been lucky enough to receive a full season’s worth of Darjeelings from Golden Tips Tea for review, including their Spring, Summer and Autumn flushes. And I’m really looking forward to tasting them all together, starting of course with the Spring flush.

Golden Tips Tea recommends brewing 1 tsp at boiling for 3-5 minutes. I’m a little concerned that this temperature is too high, but I’m going to see what happens.

It’s not bad actually! The liquor is a bright golden color and the aroma is very fragrant, with some really nice sweet honey notes. The taste is definitely lighter and less complex than Darjeelings picked later in the year, but these sweet honey notes have a surprising smoothness and body to them, providing a nice silky texture in my mouth. My big issue is the slightly malty flavor and bitterness left in the back of my tongue, creating a pretty unpleasant aftertaste. Perhaps the boiling temperature was just too much for this delicate Spring pick?

I would suggest brewing this one at a cooler temperature to tone down the bitterness. While I normally write my reviews following the tea retailers’ instructions, I ALWAYS encourage people to brew everything to their own taste preferences. This is one of those teas you’ll probably need to play around with before you find what works best for you.


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