Hey there Teacups! Today’s post is another instalment of my Let’s Talk Tea series this time around I’m going to be reviewing Golden Tip India’s Spring Signature – Darjeeling black tea from their first flush of 2018. They made a great first impression with one of their white teas, so I thought that this time around I’d pick a black tea out of the samples they sent to me to see if it was just as good. (If you haven’t read my first post featuring Golden Tips you can find that here.)
Sweet – Floral – Vegetal – Fruity – Delicate
Ingredients: 100% Darjeeling Black TeaThis tea has a pronounced Floral aroma with some interesting fruity and vegetal notes. That’s not a sentence I ever thought I would write about a black tea, but this year seems to be becoming a year of surprise to me with some of the game changing pure teas/tea-based blends and tisanes I’ve tried over the last few months.For this tasting session as always, I used my 150ml mini teapot and tumbler – 3g of tea and 90-100 (Degree C) water.
Tea Tasting Notes
This tea colour and taste wise is a lot lighter than I thought it would be with it being a black tea I would have expected it to be robust, malty and strong but this is completely different. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be so light and floral and fruity but that probably because tea wise I’m a little bit set in my ways and while I’m always trying new things a lot of the black teas I have are very similar to the point where if I hadn’t have read this was a black tea I would have looked at its leaves and its liquor and assumed it was a white tea, it’s different and new to me but I love it and I’m honoured that I was given the opportunity to try it.
Taste wise this tea is mostly floral but there is a fruity note that come through towards the back of the mouth. I can’t quite pin point what it is but it’s a mix between apricot and peach that really rounds it off well. The astringency did set off my heart burn a little bit but that’s because my body hates me and if you’re not prone to heartburn like I am it probably won’t affect you at all and certainly won’t stop you from enjoying this tea. As it started to cool an ever so slight vegetal note did come emerge and it made this tea even more amazing than it already was so I’ll be cold brewing this as soon as I can something tells me it’s going really going to shine when it’s iced and hopefully the next time I try it, it won’t set off my heartburn. Mouthfeel wise it’s incredibly smooth but can get a little drying towards the back of the mouth as you reach the end of the cup.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Golden Tips Tea (India) and purchase this tea for yourself, you can do both here. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley