Review: Golden Tips Gopaldhara Gold Darjeeling

Happy Valentines Day! You know what pairs well with chocolate? Tea! Please note that while we were sent free samples of this tea to review we are just as critical of free tea. If we receive something we don’t like we give an honest review or skip it all together!

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Overall rating: 

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves — quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 200+
Steeped: 3.5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

First things first, I was impressed with how this tea is packaged. It arrived from India in air-tight black packages with all of the tea information readily available on the label.  Not only does the label provide the expected information about the tea, like tea type and steeping times and temps, but it also has much more detailed information as well such as the date of picking, the estate and the tea grade. For the average tea drinker this information isn’t necessary, but I think it’s pretty cool anyway and it provides a lot of insight about the tea.

Secondly a note about Darjeeling tea. You haven’t seen much from us about this type of tea, so I thought I’d give you a quick rundown before moving into the review. Darjeeling tea is known as the “Champagne of tea” not only for its flavor, but also because Darjeeling tea only comes from the Darjeeling district in Northern India just as champagne only comes from Champagne France. Darjeeling is typically a lighter black tea with terrific flavor that you can drink all day long.

OK, review time.  Golden Tips Gopaldhara Gold Darjeeling tea steeping to a pretty light brown with a roasted coffee or cocoa aroma. The taste was earthy and flavorful with a slight sweetness. There were hints of fruit and flowers in each sip. Though it is a black tea, it isn’t strong or robust. Instead it’s lighter and easier to drink. I found the flowery notes to be very interesting and kept me sipping.  I did steep this tea for a second time for five minutes. The second steep tasted different from the first, as expected. I note more black tea flavor and less sweetness, but it was still a tasty cuppa!

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves — quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.
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Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 200+
Steeped: 3.5 minutes
Served: with a touch of honey

First off, ditto everything Abby said about the packaging. It arrived wrapped in cloth looking very mysterious and exciting to open.

Darjeeling tea is not your typical black tea. These teas are intended to be light-bodied and are popular as “afternoon teas” for this reason. If you’re looking for a rich dark tea that holds up to milk and sugar keep looking! However, if you are in search of a nice light yet flavorful tea try this! I like my tea sweet and this tea holds up well with a touch of honey. Don’t let the light coloring fool you, this tea has an earthy almost bittersweet chocolate richness to it. It’s good for a 2nd steep. Another nice thing about this tea is that it’s good hot or iced. If you find your nearly-full cup of tea abandoned and cold (as I often do with a toddler at home) just pour over ice and it’s just as nice! (Couldn’t resist the rhyme)

Head on over to Golden Tip’s website to order some for yourself! A quick note about our ratings. Taste is pretty self-explanatory, but Steepability tells you how easy the tea is to make. This tea isn’t tricky, but we’re giving it a 4 instead of 5 because loose-leaf teas require the extra step of an infuser but are SO worth it! Just look at those big beautiful tea leaves!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves — quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

More Golden Tips reviews coming soon!

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One response to “Review: Golden Tips Gopaldhara Gold Darjeeling

  1. Pingback: Review: Golden Tips India’s Original Masala Chai and Okayti Silver Needle (White Tea) Darjeeling | Delecteable

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