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Due to vacation, I missed last weeks “What’s New In Your Cup?” This week I am back and ready to share all the new things we’ve been drinking.
I have enjoyed several new teas during these last couple of weeks as I am sure you have as well. So getting to the point, let’s talk about tea…
1. Summer from Felicitea reported that she’s been drinking white tea with lychee fruit. I tried lychee fruit for the first time last month… delicious! Lychee fruit bursts with flavor in your mouth. It is juicy, refreshing and sweet. I can only imagine that this tea is yummy! Summer, you’ll have to provide us with the actual tea name and where it can be purchased. Additionally, Summer has been sipping away at iced Sloth Tea to get through the days. An oldie but goodie! I just tasted Sloth Tea for the first time over the weekend. The review is in progress.
2. Alexis from My Tea Cups was drinking… Formosa Nut Oolong tea from Teavana. “The flavor and aroma are nutty and warming. Would be perfect for a crisp fall morning.” Alexis also enjoyed Lemongreen from Tavalon Tea. “It’s incredibly refreshing, especially when iced. The lemongrass is spicy yet soothing.” Thanks Alexis for the updated information. The Nutty Oolong sounds wonderful and I am drinking my first lemongrass green tea today… it’s called Lemongreen. I can’t wait to review. Ironically it is the same tea you sampled last week.
3. Over the last couple of weeks I enjoyed Chief’s Delight by Native American Tea Company, Orchid Temple Oolong and Sugar Caramel Oolong both by Golden Moon Teas, and finally Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush)by Tea Logic. I cannot say which I enjoyed the most as each one was distinctly different. Check out the reviews here on Tea Escapade.
Thanks for sharing what you have been drinking. I look forward to hearing “What’s New In You Cup?” this week. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
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Yes, there was at least one tea I brewed and sampled while on vacation that was not manufactured by Golden Moon Teas.
That would be a fantastic Darjeeling named Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush) thanks to a swap with Jessica at Authori+ea. I enjoy tea swaps with Jessica as I am always the recipient of a great new tea. Not to mention, I am introduced to previously unknown tea manufacturers and more new teas.
Reviewing Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush) also allowed me to expand my tea vocabulary. Check out my review below:
Composition: Black tea grown and harvested in the Darjeeling region of India from the famous Goomtee estate – hence the name. (This was found on Tea Logic’s website.)
Dry Visual: Various shades of greens, browns and blacks Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush) is a potpourri of earthy tones. The tea leaves appear to be broken.
Dry Aroma: The only word I can use to describe this tea is “woodsy”. It is not sweet, fruity or floral – simply “woodsy”.
Flavor: A delicious full-bodied black tea, Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush) is robust and slightly bitter. I detected woodsy undertones that others have described as musky and the experts describe as muscatel. According to Tea Logic’s brewing instructions – a sweetener or milk is recommended. I honestly preferred adding about a teaspoon of honey. The honey rounded out the tea eliminating the slight bitterness. (I’ll reserve the milk for chai tea.) I think Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush) would make an excellent iced tea.
Liquor: A beautiful reddish brown hue – some would describe as rust.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 3 – 4 minutes, I brewed for 4 minutes. I must confess, the first time I brewed Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush) I brewed entirely too long. The tea was incredibly bitter. During this second attempt, I adhered strictly to the recommended brewing time and was truly pleased with the results.
Manufacturer: Tea Logic
According to the Tea Board of India
- “Darjeeling Tea” means: tea which has been cultivated, grown, produced, manufactured and processed in the 87 tea gardens located in Darjeeling. Darjeeling lies to the north east of India, among the great Himalayas, in the state of West Bengal. Tea gardens are also known as tea estates – Goomtee is one such estate.
What is 2nd Flush?
The term 2nd flush is related to harvesting time. Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush) is harvested in June. Its identifiable characteristics include and amber hued, full bodied, muscatel-flavored cup.
The next time you are looking to enjoy a truly robust tea, reach for a Darjeeling. If you are really lucky you’ll be reaching for the Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush). Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
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