REVIEW: Harney & Sons – Assam Golden Tips


Tea and origin: Black Assam tea from Dikom Tea Estate, India
Purchased at: Harney & Sons (Soho shop in New York City)
Twitter: @HarneyTea
Facebook: Harney & Sons
Link to Golden Tips

The dry leaf appearance and aroma of this Assam instantly caught my attention on a recent trip to Harney & Sons’ Soho shop. I am definitely excited about this tea, so please read on to see what I thought.

Within the next week, I will also be posting a text about my tea adventures in New York City, where I will talk more about Harney & Sons. 

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of twisted, golden-coloured tips that are covered with hair. It is a truly beautiful tea. The dry leaf has a strong fruity, sweet aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a copper-coloured liquor that has a powerful sweet aroma. The liquor has a complex balance of buttery and sweet flavours (both tropical fruit and dark berries). The buttery flavour forms the body of the tea, whilst sweeter notes are noticeable in the finish. It is a medium-bodied tea that has very little astringency

Infusion tips: Infuse four to five minutes with 95 to 100C water. Drink without milk. You will get at least three infusions out of this tea. The cup colour will lighten with each infusion

Conclusions: This is one of the most unique Assam teas I have ever tried. The extremely complex buttery and sweet flavours compliment each other. Of course this is not a cheap tea, but I would recommend it without hesitation. For Assam lovers like myself, it is one of those teas that I would crawl through broken glass for – or perhaps it will just mean that I need to take more trips to NYC

Retail price: Sample for $4.00 / 1 pound bag for $144.00

About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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