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This tea requires some explanation:
First, I’ve only tried a sample of the Summer Flush Darjeeling in this gift set.
Second, Golden Tips only offers Summer Flush in this gift set.
Third, most Darjeeling tea companies regard 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas as Summer Flush. Golden Tips calls their 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas Spring flush, and it would seem that Golden Tips Summer Flush Darjeeling might actually be Monsoon Flush. Of course, this is just an educated guess because Golden Tips offers little to no information about their Summer Flush Darjeeling tea.
Confusing, right? And why does this even matter? Well, Monsoon Flush Darjeeling teas are far less desirable than 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas that are often prized above all others. Monsoon Flush Darjeeling tea is often used in breakfast blends because it’s stronger than 1st and 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas in flavor and appearance, and Monsoon Flush Darjeeling is not often marketed outside of these breakfast blends.
Golden Tips Summer Flush Darjeeling is a pretty decent tasting overall. Summer Flush tastes very much like good grocery store English Breakfast tea. The leaves in my sample were far more impressive than the dust you often find in tea bags, but the flavor was much the same.
This truly tastes like Fall. I swear I can taste autumn spices in this tea some how, (which I know that’s not why it’s called Autumn Flush, but it surely tastes like Fall some how!), especially on the cool-down. Also noticing tobacco notes. Smooth. Quite an interesting third flush! I’ll be having this again!
A perky first flush with delicate floral and honey notes with quite a bit of smokiness that becomes more apparent on the cool-down. Truly tastes like spring, like new life! Would be a lovely tea to drink as the sun is rising as it tastes like the start of a new day. Lovely.
Revisited before creating a review for Tea Views.
Once again I got the same impression of rose petal infused honey. The boldness was more apparent this time, especially when comparing it to other darjeelings at the same time. An approachable darjeeling tea that’s an obvious blend of several darjeelings.
I’m on an Assam tea kick recently. Sometimes I like to try many of the same types of teas in a short time span to better appreciate their similarities and differences.
This particular Assam tea has no golden buds in it that I can detect. I do see some lighter colored buds in the black tea, but I would describe them more as beige than golden. The leaves have a sweet aroma, and the infusion is a light amber. The liquor has a light, sweet flavor with a bit-o-malt(iness) at the very end.
Overall, this is a not offensive but it’s also in no way what I expect from an Assam.
Edit: This tea really began to frustrate me after my second cup. There’s almost no astringency and it seems very flat to me. I’m lowering my rating.
preparing this in the Breville this time to see what the outcome is. 1 tsp per 8 ounces, 190 degrees for 3 minutes.
Edit. Yep, Breville always wins. The first time I made this I prepared it in a big mug thinking the leaves could better expand and it might make for a better cup of tea. Nope. The Breville produced a more enhanced cup of tea. It was like my mouth put on glasses. Same as the first time but more clear and defined.
My opinion of this tea hasn’t changed, I just have to strain less to identify what I was trying to.
This tea becomes more enjoyable on the cooldown. It becomes more soft, sweet and delicate. I’m also noticing a bit of a buttery mouthfeel once it reaches room temperature.
I also think I might be using a little bit too much tea, or maybe steeping for too long. I will keep experimenting.
1 tsp per 8 ounces, steeped at 190 degrees for 3 minutes in a mug.
(EDIT – Check out my second review for update/info on steeping method.)
Tastes of flowers. Roses come to mind. Thick and sweet like honey. The liquor also takes on the color of golden liquid honey. Once cool it really reminds me of rose water. Or maybe rose petal infused honey. The scent matches. It’s beautiful in that aspect. Quite astringent. Has a light muscatel quality.
Second steeping didn’t appeal to me as much, especially when it cooled; it tasted like olive oil. And I kind of despise olive oil for some reason, unless it’s masked by other flavors in food.
But the first cup was enjoyable.
I LOVE Darjeeling white teas. They’re about as resilient as a Chinese Bai Mu Dan but with a grape-like character that Himalayan teas are known for. This is one of the poorer examples I’ve tried, though. It doesn’t yield much in the way of taste on only a three-minute steep, requiring at least four to give it the muscatel lean and floral finish. However, by “poor”, I mean by Indian white standards…that still makes it kinda great. Glad to have it in my arsenal.