Review: Golden Tips Tea Temi FTGFOP 1 Clonal First Flush 2012

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Thumbs up!"As I continued to sip this tea, it tasted more and more like a nice smooth second flush, although Golden Tips described it as an April harvest first flush. "
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Having just reviewed a similar Temi first flush (SFTGFOP 1), I wondered how the teas would compare. My first sip of this tea was a bit disappointing. It brewed to a strong, Darjeeling-like tea (technically this is a Sikkim, from a nearby Indian state) but without the subtlety of the previous Temi tea sample. Perhaps the extra “S” for Superfine makes for a big difference?

As I continued to sip this tea, it tasted more and more like a nice smooth second flush, although Golden Tips described it as an April harvest first flush. I decided to drop my expectation of subtle first flush complexity, even drop the urge to compare with my previous Temi experience.

Given this tea brews quite strong, I was interested to see what the second infusion would do. It held up well to brewing, still strong, but with no particular new qualities emerging. Overall, this tea didn’t do much to grab my attention.

Dry leaves are small and fairly greenish, with a mix of browns. The tea brews to medium coppery liquor that’s fairly bright, with mild plant aroma.

Golden Tips is a family owned tea trade business established in 1933. They are located in Darjeeling and direct source their teas from a wide range of plantations across India.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Temi FTGFOP 1 Clonal 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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