Review: Golden Tips Arya Ruby Darjeeling Second Flush

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Its OK"Any and all notes are cohesive in respect to one another to the point that nothing terribly stands out and ultimately to the tea's detriment. In other words, notes are muted and forgettable. "
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goldentipsrybydarjeelGolden Tips is from what I understand a giant in the tea industry, in part due to the long tenure of the company. The name is presumably derived from a commonly used black tea grade Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTGFOP) assigned to teas with a higher proportion of tips (or buds). This grade, famously applied to Indian teas, is often seen as the highest assignable, when applicable, though is not found in the grading processes in some countries including China, Japan, and Taiwan. It has been nearly one hundred years since the inception of this particular tea exporter, and the company has much to show for it: plenty of certifications from the mainstream tea culture and a present member of the allegedly exclusive Calcutta Tea Traders Association, among the many accomplishments.

Expectedly, Golden Tips's comprehensive catalogue is at least almost exclusively of Indian teas, including much from the very well-known regions Darjeeling, Nilgiri, and Assam. The company's Arya Ruby Darjeeling hails from the Arya Tea Estate in Darjeeling, an estate entirely dedicated to organic tea. The leaf is a prototypical second flush, with a spindly yet sturdy frame and an attractive tones of deep russet and coffee bean. An earthy aroma predominates with a subtle sweetness in the background.

In taste, the tea is equally akin to the typical second flush, as the earthiness aforementioned still remains strongest, with some fruitiness, and a lingering aftertaste. Any and all notes are cohesive in respect to one another to the point that nothing terribly stands out and ultimately to the tea's detriment. In other words, notes are muted and forgettable.

I am more than willing to concede to alternative conclusions regarding Golden Tip's Arya Ruby Darjeeling, as I only had one session's worth of the tea. Moreover, I fully accept the possibility that my perspective on this leaf was hampered by what were to me more impressive products in Golden Tip's arsenal, despite my grandest attempts to prevent this. Without question, I would enjoy another crack at this second flush variety, but where it currently stands, there is little to make of it.

— To purchase Golden Tips Arya Ruby Darjeeling Second Flush, 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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