Golden Tips Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

Meh.

I love rose teas. This one, not so much. Something in it just tasted wrong, really wrong. Other people may enjoy this. I did not.

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Mine is actually the 2013 version, but whatever. I am too lazy to make a new entry. The description is the same.

I like this one. It’s just the right amount of fruity. The dry leaves are really pretty, just a few tips that add some really nice color.

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92

Delicious! This darjeeling looks in the dried form and tastes upon infusion very similar to some of the Indian oolongs I’ve tried of late. Now I am regretting that I tossed the spent leaves, since it might really be a reinfusable oolong after all!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 11 OZ / 325 ML

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60

I am not the biggest fan of this one. It is nutty and roasty, but there is a definite bitterness that I don’t care for. I steeped this for a short time on a fairly cool temperature, so I was surprised it was this astringent. Not my cup of tea, literally, but I am sure a person less sensitive to astringency would like it.

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

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65

This was tasty and drinkable, but I found it to be pretty unremarkable. It was a bit bitter, but not so much I disliked it a lot, but I have also found that any bitterness prevents me from tasting a lot of the other flavors, because I am so sensitive to bitterness alone. This is probably why I don’t appreciate the astringency in tea all that much, as it blocks out other flavor for me. I am sure many people would like this, but overall it was unremarkable to me.

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

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I’m not sure about this tea. The dry leaf sure is pretty. The liquor sure is beautiful. The aroma is outstanding.

The tea itself…it’s a tad too astringent for me.

It’s kinda bready, but not sweet at all. And now my mouth feels funny.

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donkeytiara

If it’s too astringent, try steeping a bit shorter time…. 3 min 30 seconds is sometimes good for the more astringent assams.

Cheri

I think I only did a 3 minute infusion as it was…. Ah well.

donkeytiara

musta been potent!! that’s a “hair on your chest” kinda assam!

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79

This is a “kick in the pants” breakfast tea. The fact that it is a CTC means not that it is a “lower grade” tea than orthodox teas….although some folks would like to believe that is the case. There is room in every tea cabinet for CTCs, and as Butiki Teas taught us with Crimson Horizon and Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, some CTCs are extraordinary.
This CTC offering from Golden Tips is a strong, full mouthfeel Assam with traditional malty notes, but also gives an unexpected note of something green….green wood perhaps? Or maybe a touch of vegetal? Not sure exactly (thanks to surgery my palate is still a bit out of whack), but this unexpected note gives the maltiness a different twist of taste. There isn’t a lot of astringency in my cup, but I short-steeped it at 2 min 30 seconds, as I didn’t need hair on my chest today. With milk and honey, this tea is a solid choice for when you hit the snooze button one too many times and now need assistance to get your motor running. I like it.

Flavors: Green Wood, Malt, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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
sherapop

I just tried this tea, and I agree! ;-)

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

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