Darjeeling Gopaldhara Green Gold is a lovely First Flush green tea with minimal astringency from the Gopaldhara Tea Estate. Made from specially selected tea plants, it has a smooth character with a vegetal and floral profile. It consists of select fine leaves, mostly comprising of the top two leaves and a bud grown at an altitude of approximately 1,100 metres. This FTGFOP1 ‘Gold’ lot is from the April 2020 harvest.
Like all our Gopaldhara teas, we source this tea directly from Rishi Saria, the owner and director of Gopaldhara and Rohini Tea Estates. Gopaldhara Tea Estate is nestled in the Mirik Valley, in the Himalayan foothills, and is one of the highest tea estates in Darjeeling with elevations of up to 2,100m. It is renowned for producing teas of exceptional quality and very often quite unusual character.
It is worth noting that this tea is made from green tea clonal plants that have been specifically selected to have much lower tannin content. This is evident when comparing it to other Darjeeling green teas. Most of these green teas tend to exhibit a character that has a degree of astringency present and often have a savoury, smoky edge. By contrast this tea has very little astringency and instead features a light yet complex character full of floral and lightly vegetal notes. The lower tannin content makes this a very pleasant cup indeed!
This Darjeeling Gopaldhara Green Gold consists of neat wiry leaves that have been carefully plucked and processed. The cup produced has a light golden colour and a savoury vegetal aroma. The strength of the aroma does not fully translate to taste as it has a lighter taste that is very smooth, balanced and without any harshness. The dominant notes are floral, vegetal and creamy with a light aftertaste that is floral and mineral. There is definitely a degree of dryness at the end of the palate, however this can be easily controlled by adjusting brewing time. This is a great, easy green tea that highlights the importance of utilising the best plants to achieve a better tea.
Darjeeling Gopaldhara Green Gold tea is best brewed at 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste and can be brewed multiple times, increasing steeping time with each next brew if desired.