The Gopaldhara estate teas have been a mixed bag. Autumn Ruby here. Brews into a bright orange liquor that has a mild honey smell. It tastes of a mix of honey and some ripe fruit. Sweetish, but not quite the way I like it. It feels as if someone dunked the leaves in a honey-fruit syrup to add this flavour as an after-thought. Zero astringency. Sweetish after-taste, but again, not quite the way I prefer it.
Similar story with Gopaldhara Red Thunder autumn flush (2018) too. The biggest disappointment, however, is the Silver Needles white mix flush. All of them have this honey-fruit taste that feels like an after addition rather than a natural flavour.
It is green tea alright, but I didn’t find anything special about it.
Very mild woody kind of aroma. A sip wraps you in a woody and astringent taste that disintegrates slowly. After-taste is neither clean nor smooth, but isn’t harsh either. After tasting the White teas and Oolongs from the same estate recently, this one feels like medicine :(.
To be honest, I think I could have done a proper job of brewing. I suspect the water temperature was a tad too high. Will try sometime again at a bit lower water temperature.
Today’s infusion was the Korakundah white tea. Another high-grown Nilgiri tea that yields a clear smooth liquor and has a meditative aroma.
As you slurp, you probably notice the floweriness first. The sweetish fruitiness kicks in much later and stays on for much longer leaving you with a clean soft after-taste, just like the one you get after you’ve just brushed your teeth.
At Rs 510/50gm, it’s not cheap – but then you could steep it several times. I infused my leaves 4 times and still got solidly good liquor. Was even tempted to brew a 5th time.
One of those clean, soft and meditative kind of teas with a very distinctive flavour. Loved it!!
Pretty mild, flowery and fruity tea. Has a strong aroma that is distinctive of most Nilgiri teas. After a few sips, one would notice a flowery taste (jasmine?) and as it washes down the back of your throat, a mild peachy taste that lingers on.
Gulp it down and it is as good as hot water. Slow down, close your eyes and let the flavours unfold slowly – only then would you appreciate this tea.
Another note, this leaf is definitely for one brew only. On second infusion, the aroma was almost nonexistent (did I steep it wrong?) and the taste was much mellowed. My amateurish knowledge says that high grade oolongs could be steeped multiple times. Nevertheless, it appears to be a lovely delicate tea.