Halmari Gold Assam Second Flush Black Tea from Golden Tips

Halmari-ClonalTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Golden Tips

Tea Description:

Handpicked from superior P126 clonal bushes at the Halmari Tea estate, the opulent appearance of the tea is characteristic of an almost equal combination of black and golden tipped leaves with a smooth texture. Carved out selectively from specially plucked tender young shoots, the tea brings in a unique rich maltiness which is only found in select Assams during the peak second flush tea growing season. The flavor is exhilarating with a perfect balance of strength, full-body and smoothness. This unique clonal tea brings in a sweet fruity finish in the mouth with a lingering aftertaste. The highest grade GTGFOP1 CL leaves prepare a sharp infusion which can be brewed several times. A bright golden amber liquoring cup greets your eyes when you strain out the royal dark brownish infusion.

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Taster’s Review:

So very lovely!  I love it when I discover an Assam like this one:  Rich, full-flavored with a whole lot of MALT!

The dry leaf is quite beautiful.  Dark, chocolate-y brown, curly leaves with golden tips lots of golden tips.  To brew these beauties, I measured a bamboo scoop into the basket of my Kati tumbler and added 12 ounces of hot water (205°F).  I let it steep for 2 1/2 minutes.

The tea brews up dark.  It has a deliciously sweet aroma with notes of earth and leather.

The flavor is bold!  This is one of those teas that would serve you well as a morning tea if you’re looking for one.  It’s smooth with a moderately astringent tail.  It’s got that robust quality of earth and leather but it also has a pleasant malty, caramel-y sweetness that balances out the edgy flavors.

A really invigorating tea – this would take the additions of milk and honey really well if you like to add those to your cuppa, it’s also quite nice served straight up.

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