Review: Golden Tips Badamtam First Flush 2012

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This Darjeeling with the drumbeat-sounding name comes from an eponymous estate almost as well known for its statue of Buddha as for its tea.  The statue had a documentary made about it, and most tourism sites mention it.

The Badamtam Buddha is 14 feet high and described as having  his "eyes wide open as if looking up to gods above, having attained enlightenment."   I think he is thanking the gods above for this marvelous tea!

Golden Tips' website described Badamtam's flavor as "planty,"  I get that.  It's leafy and tea-like.  It comes from a plant, after all---the salad of the beverage world. I find most Darjeelings to be less "planty" and more sweet, mild, and malty.    Not bad, but not full enough for my palate.  This Darjeeling was different. It had the slightest hint of menthol in the aftertaste and the mouth was dry, astringent, and vegetal.    It tasted more complete to me than most Darjeelings.

It was also easy to prepare.  I brewed this like a black tea, with boiling water, steeped for about three minutes.

Badamtam is the heartiest Darjeeling I have ever tasted. I know Darjeeling is supposed to be "the Champagne of  Teas," ...light, sparkling, clear, delicate...and this tea was all those things.  But it also had something extra, a deeper, more satisfying flavor that I imagine only the best champagnes, and the best teas, would have.  I am certainly grateful for it.    I rate it a 9.

— To purchase Golden Tips Badamtam First Flush 2012, 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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