|"The taste is bright and fruity muscatel with a dry, bitter finish."|
I have a few companies I like to buy Darjeeling teas from, and this year I decided to give Golden Tips Tea a shot, putting in an order for first flush teas. I’ve gotten a few samples through Teaviews, and I’ve been happy so far, so I thought I would take the plunge. They included a few free samples, so now I’ve gotten to try quite a few teas.
This tea has light, small leaves strewn with some tippy buds. My first brew is one tablespoon per cup at 195° for three minutes. The taste is bright and fruity muscatel with a dry, bitter finish. It has underlying notes of hay and mild veggie. It’s very unique, very interesting, but also very bitter. I don’t mind some bitterness in my Darjeelings; in fact, I prefer to have a hint of bitter to add to the depth, but this is a bit much for my taste.
My second infusion is more aromatic than flavourful. It’s much less bitter, but still unique as the bitterness doesn’t overpower the hay and fruit notes as much as the first steep. I actually prefer this to the first infusion, although both steeps have an odd alcohol-like scent. Since this steep has mellowed so much, even though it’s good, I don’t try for a third infusion.
While it’s a good tea, I have had at least a dozen or so from Golden Tips that I have preferred. And for that reason, I honestly wouldn’t buy it. If I was putting together another order from this company, something I will probably do again, this leaf won’t be on the list. It’s interesting, but it isn’t for me.
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