Golden Tips Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

70

A green tea I like! A rarity so far in my adventure, unfortunately.
Aroma
Very transparent. A little vegetal.
Flavor
Flowery is certainly the flavor they went for. Its a very mild tea, very smooth.
Notes
This was a good tea for preparing for lunch. I’m not very partial to green teas in general, so I probably wouldn’t buy more, but its one of my more yummy greens. I’d certainly recommend it, a nice alternative to jasmine green.

Flavors: Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

For me, this one was not as good as some of the others I have tried from this brand. I am not a fan of astringency unless it is super mild, and this one was a hair over what I like. It is bready, but not sweet. I think I lean towards more fruity and sweet notes, which help cut any astringency. Someone who likes a bit of a “drier” taste would probably like this a lot more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

Had this one steep to another 4 min. still a light golden cup. O.k. black tea, but not strong and malty enoubh to my liking.

Quite standard breakfast tea, Grade FOP1
Second Flush

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 400 OZ / 11829 ML

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78

classic assam from the peak second flush season. Sprinkled evenly with golden tips, the tea make for a bright liquor, a full body with a unique maltiness.

TGOP1 Summer flush.

Malty, strong cup. Had this one for breakfast, and it’s actually quite good. A proper wake-=up tea.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 400 OZ / 11829 ML

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91

oh la la….. stop the clocks, cut off the phone…

and find yourself in (Darjeeling) Heaven…

Wonderful, wonderful tea. Great muscatel flavours. Smells great, and tastes even beter! Advised to stock in bulk :)

Flavors: Muscatel

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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71

Another one from the TTB….
Have really wanted to try something from Golden Tips Teas, so glad that someone threw this one in. So thanks to whoever put this in! :D
And guess what you guys!!
THIS ONE DOESN’T TASTE ONLY LIKE WOOD.
Probably is the best tea I’ve had all night. xD
It tastes a bit like wood, but there’s definitely some malt in it. Tastes almost creamy actually.
This is the win of the night!

Flavors: Cream, Malt, Wood

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90

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Flavors: Muscatel, Stonefruits

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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80

First tea I’m trying from my large pack of samples from the GTT sale! Very exciting!

Aroma
Smells very earthy and malty. Some grassy scent is mixed in with it, but with a darker tone, not a fresh, green smell. This serious Assam means business. ^^
Flavor
Not a dime of astringency. Mmm this is rich. A very pleasant amount of malt, makes for a very smooth cup of tea. It leaves a yummy aftertaste that makes me want more between sips. Not as dark as the aroma was leading me to believe, but still a nicely bodied Assam.
Notes
I shall have to drink my 2nd steep in the morning, this would be a great way to wake up! Ah, but what an intro to GTT, I am excited to try more!

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64

Straight black tea, nothing special.
Received a sample from Golden Tips. Wouldn’t buy again, just nog my cup of tea I guess. Lacks the boltness of a good Assam and the complexity of a Darjeeling.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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86

From the Golden Tips August box

Oh Emm Gee.

Can you say Muscat Grapes?

I can. I think I just drank a glass of them.

This tea is what I think a second flush absolutely should be. It’s amazing.

Super muscatel and ends very complex.

I really like it.

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100

This is as good as it gets…..

YUM!. Best chai I have ever had. Added hot soy milk, sweetened with acacia honey.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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35

aggr… awful early grey.

Smells great, but it’s like drinking perfume. Very unnatural, odd taste. Looks like someone dropped the bergamot oil bottle in this tea. :(

Great fan of a proper earl grey, but will steer away from this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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80

Summer flush from a renowned estate
golden orange cup

reliable darjeeling, with muscatel notes and fruity aftertaste

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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94

FTGFOP1 grade darjeeling.

subscribed to Golden Tips Teas India monthly tea club and received this generous sample.

This darjeeling is reminds me of why I am such a fan of Darjeeling teas!

Amazing. Very deep muscatel flavour, with a complex after-taste. This is darjeeling Heaven. !
Everything is just absolutely perfect about this one ….. mmm. this may well be one I would love to keep in stock forever!
A gem!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML
Cheri

I am drinking this one right now. I’m just getting into Darjeelings, and this is everything I want a second flush to be. Oh Emm Gee. So much Muscat. So DEE-LISH.

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84

golden tip Assam tea

1 tablespoon – 200ml little glass teapot;
Taken plain, & no sugar.

1st steep: 4 min. a golden, almost deep orange tea, with a sweet aftertaste. Yummie. Hints of baked bread.
This one is amazing! This is …. well, YUM capital letters!

2nd steep: golden orange cuppa, yet again with a sweet aftertaste. Steeped a bit longer, but I guess this tea doesn’g get bitter, no matter what.

3rd steep: Golden yellow; hints of baked bread is now gone; but still very pleasant, like a 1st flush assam.

I think I can get one more steep, but since I have more teas from Golden Tips to review, i will leave that to others.

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84

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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87

This fragrant second flush darjeeling from Goomtee estate by way of Golden Tips brews up a beautiful amber color and tastes smooth and—I hate to say it, but it’s true—gulpable.

Delicious! I kept the temperature low and the steep time short, because it is so easy to oversteep good darjeelings and mistake poor parameters for bitterness in the tea itself. No bitterness here, and not too grassy either. This is a slightly sweeter darjeeling with, yes, a somewhat fruity demeanor. The dried tea is exceptionally fragrant and though mostly charcoal colored, there are also some lighter tips.

This tea is a good example of why people become obsessed with darjeeling. ;-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cheri

This was my favorite of the July subscription teas.

sherapop

Isn’t it yummy, Cheri? ;-)

Cheri

It’s soooo gooooood. I might even order this one.

Kirkoneill1988

Darjeeling is ok to me. :P Ahh… charcoal colored :) the usual for black tea :D

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50

Meh.

This is the first of the Golden Tips Teas teas from my subscription that I haven’t had any positive feelings about. Others might like it, but this tea is doing nothing good for me. It’s Meh at best. It’s not horrible, though, but it just doesn’t have anything that I’m liking about it.

sherapop

Well, it’s a daily blend, which means lots of stuff was swept together to produce a more economical tea than any of the single-estate teas from any single flush… Bear in mind that grocery store darjeeling is always something along these lines.

Cheri

That makes sense. I didn’t know what daily meant. Thanks!

Golden Tips Teas India

Dear Cheri. Thank you for your review.
Yes, exactly like Sherapop mentioned our Daily Darjeeling is a a value everyday tea blend at a value price point :) For people who like to have a good cup of tea and a reasonable price, this is a good Darjeeling for them. Hope you love the teas other teas :)

Cheri

I’ve really enjoyed several of the other teas. This one just wasn’t for me. I’m looking forward to next month’s installment, though!

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90

Very grapey and sweet, and very good. I really am enjoying the Golden Tips subscription – I was never a huge black tea fan before, particularly unflavored. Now I am realizing how much more they have to offer. As a fan of sweeter flavors, this one is right up my alley.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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99

Dear Goomtee,
My husband just found out about our affair. Surprisingly, he didn’t pull out his shotgun. He just rolled his eyes and sighed. He has his fishing rods and baits, and I have you, my precious, heavenly cup of gold. Every sip is a love letter…
I must have more…
Love,
Me

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85

And now I understand what people were saying about second flush teas. Yep.

My first sip. Sweet. Grape. Yep, I finally get it.

I did not expect to do more than casually like this tea, to be honest, but I knew I had to try it and give it a chance.

I really, really like this tea. I want more.

It’s sweet and slightly floral. I now know what people mean when they say “muscatal” when they’re talking about this tea. It really did remind me of those muscat grapes. Amazing.

I was worried that this subscription wouldn’t be right for me, but I guess I’m really growing as a tea lover. Sorry, Marzipan, I won’t be sending this one to you.

Marzipan

I’m glad to watch the journey :)

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85

Another from my Assam Sampler.

I think CTC gets a bad rap. I could have sworn I saw someone review this yesterday but no other reviews are showing up. I pulled it out of the never-ending box of goodies to try this morning. Other people pick out their clothes for the morning, I pick out my tea ahead of time.

One thing I like about CTC is that the tea becomes dark very quickly. It’s almost dark like coffee. This was really good – bold and robust. A perfect kick in the keester early morning screen.

Frolic

I need my to write my review for this one still but I made some while I was waiting for the water filter to come and it actually tasted good in the icky water. Very comforting in a get your butt out of bed and conquer the world kind of tea.

Glad to hear you enjoyed it and I can’t wait to try it with the good water.

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88
drank Thanai Assam by Golden Tips Teas
265 tasting notes

I suppose part of me originally thought an Assam is an Assam, right? But then the other part of me started thinking about things like terroirs, and reasoned that of course they have to be different. That’s what I am enjoying so much about trying all of these different Assams and Darjeelings. I feel like I am learning about the different estates while I am discovering which teas I like best.

I really liked this Assam. While I liked the one I had yesterday, I think I liked this one a notch more. The mouthfeel was very round and comforting. I could see it becoming a favorite morning tea for me.

TeaTiff

I have been intrigued by assams and darjeelings lately. I am enjoying reading these notes.

Veronica

I love Darjeeling teas (and Assams – but Darjeelings have my heart at the moment). I’m living trying different estates and different years. It’s amazing how much the tea can vary in taste from one year to the next.

Veronica

*loving not living. :)

Marzipan

Thanks Tiff! I was a little afraid that they were getting repetitive, but if nothing else I figure they’ll help me keep them straight.

yyz

I’ve enjoyed them too. Some are new estates for me. I have an Assam I’m pretty loyal to, but I like variety and it always amazes how much of just that teas from Assam can have.

Nicole

You are doing much better than I. I can’t seem to remember which estates I like from one tea to the next! I only ever remember one or two.

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