Review: Golden Tips Tea of Darjeeling Fine Sikkim

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Today is a journey into the unknown as I have never tried a tea from the Himalayas. My sample of Sikkim consists of small, thin twisted leaves of a range of colors. There are gold leaves, white leaves, olive colored leaves and ones of black. Quite the smorgasbord of colors. The dry aroma reminds me of tobacco and leather.

I set it up to brew using boiling water and a steep time of three minutes. Once steeped it has golden brown liquor with an interesting aroma. The best I can pin down is a soapy tobacco. Very different.

I am very happy to report that the soapiness doesn't follow over into the taste as long as you let you tea cool for just a couple minutes. It even disappears from the aroma as it cools. Instead you get a smooth tea without any astringency to be found. This is a naturally sweet tea with hints of plums, peaches and just a touch of tobacco that lingers as a dryness on the edge of the tongue.

This journey into the unknown resulted in an enjoyable tea which is perfect for a relaxing fall morning. While not my favorite black tea this is one that I recommend for anyone looking a tea that is just a touch unique. Just be sure to give it a chance to cool.

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