|"Large dark leaves sprinkled with beautiful gold tips... a deep dark golden brew... a full deep malty flavor when it reaches the tongue... Does that sound enticing?
I was excited receive several different samples from Golden Tips Tea. They have been serving the tea community since 1933. They are a family business and focus on teas grown in India. You can find a great variety of Assam teas, as well as Darjeeling, and Nilgiri as well as a smattering of other regions.
Halmari Gold is a black tea. When I opened the packet, I saw a beautiful selection of large assam leaves, and a large sprinkling of golden tips. Assam is the region it's grown in and is often associated with a malty flavor. Halmari is the estate this tea is grown on.
In their description, Gold Tips Teas describes this tea as having a "unique rich maltiness which is only found in select Assams during the peak second flush tea growing season."
I love malty Assam tea! I brewed this tea both as a pot and as an individual cup of tea so that I could get an idea of the full range of flavors I could experience. I found both to be a very rich, full bodied cup of tea. I also found that this tea can not be steeped too long. It quickly goes from a lightly astringent tea to a very bitter tea if left too long to steep.
The package says to steep it 3-5 min. I often steep tea in my teapot for 5 min. and a cup of tea for 4-5 min. I found that 4 min. kept this tea from turning bitter, so I preferred to remove the leaves at the 4 min. mark.
I enjoyed this Halmari Gold Assam tea both first thing in the morning, and as an afternoon pick me up. It took milk very well, and I even enjoyed a bit of sugar in it. I was very impressed with the quality of this tea and the large amount of golden tips.
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