Gold Darjeeling

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From The Tao of Tea

Introduction: Gold Darjeeling is a fine, rare, gold tipped leaf varietal from the acclaimed tea growing region of Mirik valley, Darjeeling, India.

Oldest Darjeeling Tea Factory
Made in late summer, at the oldest tea factory in Darjeeling established in 1888. The tea garden is located along the Mechi river which runs along bordering Nepal and also employs workers from the Nepalese village of Antu.

High Elevation
Grown at an elevation of 1800 meters, Gold Darjeeling is from one of the highest elevation tea gardens in the region. Higher elevation tea plants grow more slowly and generally have more complexity in their flavor.

Darjeeling Seasons
Tea making in Darjeeling has distinct seasons, with early plucking beginning in late March. After a brief period the second plucking ‘Second Flush’ generally occurs in late April. Teas are also made after the rains in summer and ‘Autumnal’ tea are gaining more popularity. The flavors vary with the season and dependant on the climate and processing technique.

After the newly sprouted leaves have been plucked, they are withered over warm air for a few hours to reduce moisture. Once a suitable suppleness is achieved in the leaves, a delicate rolling of the leaves is performed. The leaves begin to oxidize (change color from green to dark) and the flavor develops. Finally, the leaves are oven baked to complete the process.

Flavor Profile: Smooth, buttery, honey texture. Full-bodied brew with pleasant rose, muscatel grape like aroma.

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I bought this yesterday simply for the fact that it had “Gold” in its name. Given my recent lucky streak with golden tipped teas – including a Golden Tipped Assam – I thought Darjeeling could turn out something equally noteworthy. I was wrong. For the most part.

This is a very average autumnal flush. The brew smells interesting enough on splashdown – yielding the quintessential muscatel nose and a light liquor – but that’s where the magic ends. On taste, it is crisp (which is nice), minimal in its astringency (also nice)…and that’s about it. Very middle-of-the-road, this Darjeeling autumnal.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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