|"The flavor was very simple. It’s a strong, malty, bitter black tea."|
Golden Tips is an older tea company that has been around since 1933. I recently tried a darjeeling from Golden Tips which I really loved. Their CTC Assam Exotic is an interesting black tea. CTC stands for “cut, tear, curl.” The tea leaves are rolled into tiny balls for a more robust cup of tea. One downfall of this tea is how it looks. It honestly isn’t a very attractive looking tea and reminds me of rabbit food. Despite the looks, the tea smells very rich and malty.
I steeped 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of water at 200F. I let the tea for about 4 minutes but, being a rather bold tea, I would recommend no longer then 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. 3 minutes was just perfect in my opinion. The leaves smell extra malty as they begin to steep. This tea has a very rich, bitter aroma as well.
The flavor was very simple. It’s a strong, malty, bitter black tea. I would guess it’s got a good amount of caffeine since it’s a second flush and I think it’s a great breakfast tea. It would be good paired with milk and sugar. It’s also good plain if you like a strong cup of tea in the mornings. It would be a good coffee substitute since it’s robust. Apart from tasting very malty, this tea also has some vegetal notes, unlike other black teas. Though it wasn’t as fresh and vibrant as my last cup of black tea, it was a nice morning drink.
— To purchase Golden Tips CTC Assam Exotic Black Tea, 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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