Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"To say this is a strong black tea is probably an understatement. It is rich and hearty and, in my opinion, seems ideal for the person who is more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker. "|
Golden Tips Tea is what I consider a high-quality and authentic tea source, so I am always eager to try their offerings. Today I brewed up a pot of their Unitea, which is a blend of Darjeeling and Assam Orthodox tea. The long, golden leaves of the Darjeeling are easily visually distinguished from the darker and smaller Assam leaves. The blend appears to contain a high proportion of Assam leaves than Darjeeling leaves. I would estimate that the blend is around 60-70% Assam leaves. I strayed somewhat from the recommended brewing parameters of steeping leaves in boiling water for three to five minutes and instead used 200-degree F water and an infusion time of 3 minutes. It turns out that my slight deviation was probably a good thing, as this tea is VERY strong, and I am not sure that I would have appreciated what resulted from using a higher water temperature and/or increased infusion time. My initial reaction was a grimace, as I have to say I was not prepared for the pungent kick that this tea would offer. Taken immediately after brewing, this tea was heavy and astringent; this one definitely seems prone to becoming bitter if the wrong brewing parameters are used. I found that sugar was needed to make this palatable. I think milk would have helped, but since I had prepared this tea at home and immediately poured it into a travel cup and hit the road, I did not have any milk available to me to experiment with. To say this is a strong black tea is probably an understatement. It is rich and hearty and, in my opinion, seems ideal for the person who is more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker. It was slightly smoother when taken at room temperature, but at that point I found the flavor to be a bit flat and to have a stale lingering effect. Overall, this was not my favorite offering from Golden Tips, as I have much more enjoyed their unblended Darjeeling teas. I don't think this is an awful or low-quality product; I just think that it will only be really enjoyed by those looking for the sturdiest of brews. I would recommend playing around with aomount of leaves, water temperature, and infusion time to get the most out of these leaves.
— To purchase Golden Tips of Darjeeling Unitea, 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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