This is my first review of a tea sold at Golden Tips – a Kolkata-based family-run business that has been selling tea since 1933. Golden Tips stocks an extensive selection of teas from Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Sikkim, Dooars and Nepal.
Today I am starting with one of their Darjeeling teas, as they has a particularly impressive collection of Darjeelings, and it seems to be one of their specialities. Read on to see what I think about their Arya Ruby.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of broken and full leaves that range in colour from black to brown to light green. It has a crisp, florally aroma
Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark golden liquor that has a light florally aroma. It is a light bodied tea that has a silky mouthfeel and a moderate amount of astringency. The flavour of the liquor is florally and flowery. It has a crisp finish and a lingering floral aftertaste
Infusion tips: To make this tea, I used three grams of tea with 200ml of water at 90C. I infused the tea two minutes for the first infusion and two and half minutes for the second. The tea is a bit fussy with water temperature and infusion time: too hot of water and too long infusion time pulls out lots of astringency and stifles the floral notes
Conclusions: Drinking this tea made me very excited about the first flush Darjeelings that will be harvested in a few months. I am a big fan of first flushes, and this Ruby Arya has the floral aroma and flavour that I love. The liquor of this tea surprised me for two reasons: 1) despite it cupping out quite dark, the tea is rather light in body and flavour; 2) it has a silky mouthfeel that really adds to the drinking experience. I can see how its light body might not appeal to many second flush lovers, but its delicate aroma and flavour has to be admired
Retail price: 10 grams for $5.50 / 25 grams for $15.00 / 100 grams for $40.00