REVIEW: Golden Tips Tea – Reviews of two Autumn Darjeeling teas

Golden Tips - Autumn Darjeelings

Today I’m reviewing two Autumn Darjeelings available at Golden Tips Tea. Both have a lovely fresh aroma, and I can’t wait to dig in.

If you are interested in trying some Darjeeling teas stocked by Golden Tips, you can try their sampler pack for $15, which includes free shipping. You can also use coupon code TEAXP10 to get $10 off your first order above $49.

Read on to see what I think of Golden Tips’ Gopaldhara Gold and Jungpana Premium.

Gopaldhara Gold Darjeeling Black Tea Autumn Flush
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Tea and origin: Autumn/third flush Darjeeling tea (FTGFOP1 Red Thunder) from the Gopaldhara Tea Estate
Harvest date: 28 November 2014
Twitter: @GoldenTipsTea
Facebook: Golden Tips Teas India
Link to Gopaldhara Gold

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: It is a beautiful dry leaf that consists of twisted and withered-looking leaves that range in colour from black to light brown. The leaves have a crisp, fruity aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark orange-coloured liquor that has a fruity, sweet aroma. Like the aroma, the flavour of the liquor consists of fruity (muscatel) and sweet notes. It is a medium-bodied tea that has a moderate amount of astringency and a lingering fruity aftertaste

Infusion tips: To make this tea, I infused three grams of tea with 200ml of 90C water. I used the following infusion time: two and half minutes and three minutes

Conclusions: It is a surprisingly sweet and fruity tea – a real delicious treat. The second infusion is less sweet but smoother. For my personal taste, this tea wouldn’t be an everyday cup because it is so sweet. That said, I do very much enjoy the sweetness and find it ideal for a refreshing afternoon treat

Retail price: 10 grams for $3.70 / 25 grams for $7.80 / 100 grams for $26.00

Jungpana Premium Darjeeling Black Tea Autumn Flush (Organic)

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Tea and origin: Autumn/third flush Darjeeling tea (FTGFOP1) from the Jungpana Tea Estate
Harvest date: 15 November 2014
Twitter: @GoldenTipsTea
Facebook: Golden Tips Teas India
Link to

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of medium-sized leaves that have a woody, sweet aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out dark orange-coloured liquor that has an earthy, muscatel aroma. The flavour of the liquor consists of earthy, muscatel and sweet notes. It has little astringency and is medium-bodied

Infusion tips: To make this tea, I infused three grams of tea with 200ml of 90C water. I used the following infusion times: two and half minutes and three minutes. Using more leaf and shorter infusion times pulls out more sweetness in the tea – so try some experimentation

Conclusions: I would have a difficult time distinguishing this tea from many second flush Darjeelings. It has classic second flush flavours: earthy, slightly sweet and muscatel notes. Its bold flavour make it great for breakfast, but it could be drunk at any time

Retail price: 10 grams for $3.50 / 25 grams for $7.50 / 100 grams for $20.00

Comparing the teas

I found the Jungpana a wonderfully balanced tea: its earthiness, sweetness and body make it very satisfying to drink. For me, it would be an ideal breakfast tea – something that can be enjoyed every day. The Gopaldhara is a tea that I see as an afternoon treat. Its sweetness might really appeal to some, but I like a Darjeeling with a bit more earthiness

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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 teaxplorer@gmail.com 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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