Reviews

Udyan Tea Gopaldhara Spring Special Black Tea 2015

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, somewhat broken
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker
Liquor: gold

I’m generally a 2nd flush kind of gal but sometimes the odd mood does strike for a 1st flush. This one was crisp with floral notes over a mellow vegetal background. There was some natural sweetness but it was a bit too astringent for my liking. Some tea drinkers prefer their tea this way so please don’t take my perspective as a harsh judgement. The wonderful thing about tea is that there is something out there for everyone. My sample did have a lot more broken leaves than I was expecting so that may explain the unpleasantness. Damage in shipping is most likely the culprit since this tea traveled all the way from India. The other teas that I have tried from +Udyan Tea have all been excellent. If you find yourself in a similar situation, cooler water will usually help to cut down on astringency. I used the rest of the sample to cold brew a pitcher of iced tea and found that result to be much more enjoyable. I am quite surprised to find that this is actually the first tea that I’ve reviewed from Gopaldhara Estate. One day I hope to be able to taste something from every garden in Darjeeling.

Gopaldhara Spring Special Black Tea 2015 sample provided by Udyan Tea.

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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.