|"This tea is everything that I want from a First Flush Darjeeling and is a real treat."|
This year's offering is from the Goomtee Estate located in the Darjeeling's Kurseong South Valley and is from tea bushes planted back in 1899. My sample consists of a mix of lighter spring green and dusky brown leaves with a fair number of golden tips. They give off the distinct grape aroma blended with oak and a hint of vanilla.
I set them up to brew using my standard 195 degree water and a 3 minute steep time. The resulting liquor is a soft golden brown with a wonderful muscatel fragrance.
This tea practically screams freshness from the very first taste. It is a lighter tea with flavors that wash delightfully from one to another starting out with a hint of oakiness blending into a general fruity flavor and finishing up with a lingering floral sweetness.
This tea is everything that I want from a First Flush Darjeeling and is a real treat. At less then $6.00 an ounce complete with an airtight tin, it is also a real steal. And it also doesn't hurt that it is an organic tea grown in a sustainable fashion that bodes well for future years. I just hope that there is still some available when I go to place my next order.
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