About 12 years ago I was given a box of Darjeeling teas.
For those that don't know, Darjeeling teas come from the region of Darjeeling in India.
With the first taste from this box, I determined I didn't like Darjeeling teas.
The box sat on my shelf for 5 or 6 years until one day I decided to toss the tea
in the garden; but there would be one more taste before I did that.
What a difference a few years made, including a more educated palate;
the tea was quite wonderful and I ended up eventually drinking the whole box.
Now my early thoughts were that there was only one Darjeeling tea.
As you will see from the following list there are many varieties depending on
the tea estate and how it was processed.
Golden Tips Tea sent me the following teas to review
and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one.
To me it is like walking in the beautiful surroundings of Darjeeling, India
and savoring the flavors of each and every estate.
The first word in the naming of the tea is the estate name, after awhile you just
know what to expect from them.
Jungpana Premium Darjeeling, fruity and delicious, the fragrance fills my senses.
Giddaphar Muscatel, from the first sniff when opening the bag I was delighted,
it was like blossoms in the back of the throat.
Arya Ruby Darjeeling, a full leaf tea,, light in color and flavor,
more of a touch of springtime, reminded me of an oolong.
Gopaldhara Gold, softness of the garden in springtime. It took a cooler,
shorter steep to bring out the flavor.
Badamtam Darjeeling, soft scent of roses in the cup, the flavor filled my
mouth with a smile.
Halmari Gold, this one surprised me. Coming from Assam I expected it to be bold
in my face flavor, the first sniff almost smelled of fermentation, a very nice full
bodied, smooth black tea. Of the teas reviewed here, this is the only one I have
included that isn't from Darjeeling.
You can find these lovely teas or other teas at www.goldentipstea.com
Thanks, Golden Tips for sharing your special teas with me.