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.
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Read on to see what I think of Golden Tips’ Gopaldhara Gold and Jungpana Premium.
Tea and origin: Autumn/third flush Darjeeling tea (FTGFOP1 Red Thunder) from the Gopaldhara Tea Estate
Harvest date: 28 November 2014
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Link to Gopaldhara Gold
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)
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