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.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.