Review: Golden Tips Mankota Exotic Assam

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Thumbs up!"The flavor was a true delight though unless I knew in advance, I would have thought that I had stumbled onto a flavorful darjeeling."
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goldentipslogoI have been horrible about doing up reviews lately as life has been hectic which as I think about it is all the more reason to try out new teas and review them. After all taking the time to truly appreciate a new time is a little oasis of calm. So no more breaks.

I think that I found the perfect tea to lure me back into reviewing. I was dragging slightly this morning so I decided to try out a new black tea. The vendor, Golden Tips, is one that I am rather familiar with as I have been enjoying their teas for years. They have been in business since 1933 and personally I have always found that their customer service to be first rate.

My sample this morning was vacuum packed so I was assured of the freshness. When I opened the packet, I was greeted with fragrance that was both earthy and yeasty. The leaves were a dark brown for the most part though there were a lot of golden ones.

I set them up to brew using boiling water and a steep time of two minutes. The aroma once brewed was a real surprise as it was really fruity with a really strong muscatel to it. A hint of malt but nowhere as a strong as I would expect from an Assam.

The flavor was a true delight though unless I knew in advance, I would have thought that I had stumbled onto a flavorful darjeeling. The cup was smooth with just a touch of astringency. It was fruity rather with just a whisper of malt though it did come through strong as the cup cooled. There was a light fruity aftertaste also.

I would love to keep some of this Assam in my personal stash as a treat in the morning. The pot I made disappeared in record time and I wish that I had more so I could have started on a second pot. Highly recommended for flavor just don't expect it to have the normal Assam maltiness.

— To purchase Golden Tips Mankota Exotic Assam, 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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