TEA REVIEW: Golden Tips Tea – Reviews of two second flush Assam teas

Golden Tips - Assams

I’m pleased to be reviewing these second flush Assam teas today – the appearance of the dry leaf and the dry leaf aroma of these teas have perked my curiosity. Halmari is tea that I’ve tried on numerous occasions, but Mankota is new to me. Let’s see how the two cup out and compare.

Golden Tips Tea has generously given me a coupon code that customers can use to get $10 off their first order above $49. Use coupon code TEAXP10 when checking out to receive your discount.

Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush (Clonal)
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Tea and origin: Second/summer flush GTGFOP1 CL Assam from the Halmari Tea Estate
Harvest date: 2 June 2014
Twitter: @GoldenTipsTea
Facebook: Golden Tips Teas India
Link to Halmari Gold

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Medium- to full-sized leaves with a generous amount of golden tips. Fresh,                          sweet aroma

Wet leaf: Malty and sweet

Liquor colour: Dark orange-brown

Liquor aroma: Sweet, jammy aroma

Liquor flavour: Malty, sweet, jammy-like, flavours. Medium- to full-bodied,                                                       depending on infusion time. Moderate amount of astringency.                                                 Lingering malty aftertaste. Dry finish

Infusion method: Glass or ceramic teapot                                                                                                                       3 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         200ml of 90 to 95C water                                                                                                                   Infusion time: 1.5 to 4 minutes                                                                                                           Infuse 2 to 3 times

Comments/Conclusions

This tea has wonderful body and malty and jammy flavours. The tea is rich and hearty, but the sweet and malty flavours give it great complexity. Whilst this tea is a pleasure to drink without milk, by infusing it a bit longer (3 to 4 minutes) and adding a splash of milk rounds out its malty and sweet flavours. This is truly a special tea

Retail price: 10 grams for $4.50 / 25 grams for $12 / 100 grams for $32

Mankota Exotic Assam Black Tea Second Flush
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Tea and origin: Second/summer flush TGFOP1 CL Assam from the Mankota Tea Estate
Harvest date: 27 June 2014
Twitter: @GoldenTipsTea
Facebook: Golden Tips Teas India
Link to Mankota Exotic

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Medium-sized leaves with golden tips. Florally, sweet aroma

Wet leaf: Malty sweet

Liquor colour: Light brown

Liquor aroma: Malty sweet and light floral notes

Liquor flavour: Malty body and sweet undertones and finish. Light- to medium-                                               bodied, depending on infusion time. Very little astringency. Clean                                           mouthfeel and finish

Infusion method: Glass or ceramic teapot                                                                                                                       3 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         200ml of 90 to 95C water                                                                                                                   Infusion time: 1 to 3 minutes                                                                                                             Infuse 2 times

Comments/Conclusions

I was surprised by the light body and smoothness of this tea. Its sweetness might not be what many people think of a typical Assam tea that they drink in the morning. It is more of an afternoon tea – a clean, bright, brisk and sweeter-tasting tea that doesn’t take milk well (in fact, milk completely suffocates the flavours)

Retail price: $3 for 10 grams / $6.75 for 25 grams / $18 for 100 grams

Comparing the teas

Both of these teas are lovely, but they are hard to compare, as the Halmari is a rich, strong tea that is good with or without milk and the Mankota is a lighter, sweet tea that is best drunk without milk and in the afternoon. That said, I enjoyed the Halmari more, as it is packed with bold, complex flavours. It is brilliant example of how good an Assam tea can be

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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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