2016 Goomtee Special Spring Darjeeling Black SFTGFOP1

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Floral, Hay, Malt, Sweet
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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Cobh and I have survived a trip into Cork. Ye gods, but the train was packed. It’s not that packed during the week when I commute into work! And the streets here...” Read full tasting note

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It’s easy to fall in love with this tea from Darjeeling’s famed Goomtee estate. A hallmark spring tea, it packs in fresh and fragrant flavors that define the best of the season. There’s a bright succulence in every sip and that’s reason enough to go back for more.

Fresh floral perfume suggesting notes of forest floor under breath.

Light gold

There is a light sweetness to the liquor which tugs at the senses right from the start. Aromatic notes of yellow flowers, green bark, and fresh spice accentuate this sweetness, greatly enhancing the flavor profile of this tea.

Best enjoyed on its own.

Long, lightly rolled, bright green and dark green leaves with abundant silver tips.

Sweet and earthy, marked by notes of malt and toasted nuts.

Fully opened, emerald leaves.

Floral perfume accentuated by herbal nuances, similar to green pepper and eucalyptus.

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It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Cobh and I have survived a trip into Cork. Ye gods, but the train was packed. It’s not that packed during the week when I commute into work! And the streets here are swarming with tourists come for that authentic Titanic experience. So, I am trapped in my flat for the afternoon now, unless I want to dodge people wandering aimlessly, looking everywhere but where they are going. Ah well, at least I have two consolations: 1. the view from my flat is excellent; 2. I have just made a cup of this tea. Combining the two leaves me feeling very relaxed. Better not get too relaxed though or I’ll get no work done …

So, the tea. It’s the 2016 first flush. The dry leaf has the sweet smell of fresh hay. The leaves are a mix of silver, green and brown. The liquor is a golden, champagne colour and smells sweet and floral with malty notes. It has a really silky, smooth, almost glassy mouthfeel. The floral sweetness extends into the tasting, ending in a sparkling astringency in the aftertaste that lasts for some time. It’s really light and refreshing and there is an element of that relaxing chi that I find in some puerhs. I am really enjoying it, so it is a shame that it does not really resteep at all. Nevertheless, two thumbs up; I do like a good Darjeeling and this is definitely good.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Malt, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

I gong fu this estate Darjeeling in very small tea pot. I get a good 6 pours usually. Am not a fan of a lot of Darjeeling but Goomtee estate is the bomb. I feel darn good when drinking the FF, takes 10 years off me for a half hour.


I should try gong fu with this one, but brewed it western style according to the destructions on the package. My brewing set-up here in Ireland is not ideal yet though. Still much to organise and too much stuff back home in England.


If you can’t gong fu you could try wrong fu…


Wrong fu sounds a bit like it might be gongfoolery gone bad! :) I need to sort out a smaller teapot here and I’ll be ready to go.

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