Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Golden Tips Tea Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014

Golden Tips Tea Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014
Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, twisted with lots of golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time:  5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Teamaker
Liquor: amber

This tea has got to be the prettiest Assam that I've ever seen. If I didn't know any better, I'd think that it was from Fujian. The taste was full bodied and complex with a bright, refreshing astringency. It had the maltiness that Assam black teas are known for along with notes of fruit and dark chocolate. It's on the pricey side but definitely worth the try if you are a fan of teas from this region. It could probably take milk and sugar if you wanted to but I highly recommend trying this tea unadulterated first. As always, I love the depth of information provided by +Golden Tips Tea Co Pvt Ltd. The estate name, date of harvest, harvest season and grade were provided for every tea that they've sent me a sample of. I appreciate this so much! There are so many in the tea industry who mark their tea simply as Assam. This shows that they do not know where the tea that they sell comes from. It's also deceptive because the consumer has no idea how old the tea is.

Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014 sample provided by Golden Tips Tea.

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