Wednesday, March 7, 2012

David's Tea Glitter & Gold

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark black with lots of gold balls and specks of silvery sugar crystals
Ingredients: black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves, natural and artificial flavoring
Steep time: 6 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: reddish brown

I'm not one to go for sugary blends but I just couldn't keep eyes off of this tea on a trip to one David's Teas' NYC shops. The dry tea was really beautiful to look at because of the gold sugar balls and silvery sugar crystals. Once I added the hot water, my pot was filled with a cloud of iridescent shimmer. It was so mesmerizing that I practically forgot to drink it. I had a lot of difficulty describing it so I took a short video that you can see below. The base tea was nutty and mild with very little astringency, even when my second steep was a bit too long. Cinnamon was the dominant flavor but a hint of citrus came though at the end of each sip. I definitely recommend giving this a try and suggest using a glass pot and cups so that you can really enjoy the show.


  1. I've tried this tea and it's lots of fun! Not an every-day tea for me, but a great idea for a festive brunch, or as a cute gift. Love that you took a video, a good way to show off the shimmer!

  2. That it is! I would definitely save this for special occasions if I had more than just a sample of it. Glad you liked the video :)

  3. There's a lot of really aesthetically pleasing teas from DavidsTea, this one included. I'm not afraid to admit that I like flavoured teas, and they do make some interesting stuff. I want to try that new Gold Rush - mulberries and bai mudan.


  4. I totally agree with you. There is nothing wrong with flavoring tea as long as it is done well.

  5. Wow! I didn't expect for the tea to actually shimmer like that. SO pretty! It certainly seems like it would make for an interesting tea drinking experience. I've got to add Glitter & Gold to my list of teas to try.

  6. It was even prettier than the video in person. I had a hard time capturing it. You definitely should give it a try!


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