Review: Golden Tips Tea Avongrove 2nd Flush 2011

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Thumbs up!"The result was the usual amber-to-brown liquor one would expect from a second flush Darjeeling with a wonderful earth-and-allspice aroma."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.2/10
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According to the Golden Tips Tea profile for this second estate offering, the Avongrove estate is situated along the Balasun River. The estate rests at an elevation of (at most) 5,700 ft. - over 184 hectares worth of tea-planted land. I've personally found the high-elevation Darjeelings to be the most flavorful, practically bursting with spice. By first impressions alone, this proved a different sort of specimen.

The leaves were all dark, woody brown with only a few tippy pieces in the mix. What was truly standout about the dry presentation was the smell. Was this supposed to smell like spiced chocolate? Is that natural? I mean, whoah.

Golden Tips recommended a brewing approach of 1 tsp. per cup of boiled water with a steep of three-to-five minutes. That sounded about right for a second flush. I brewed 1 heaping teaspoon in 8oz of boiled water on the gentle end of three minutes - for flavor's sake.

The result was the usual amber-to-brown liquor one would expect from a second flush Darjeeling with a wonderful earth-and-allspice aroma. I can see why second flushes are more prized than the others. This had the character down pat. Lacking was the grape comparison but whatever. If it had one flaw, it's that it ended a bit on a bitter note - not a deal-breaker considering the rest of the sip.

— 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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