Dikom Tea Estate has done this unique tea for the past few years. Natural sweetness in tea comes from the tips (or the buds) because the plants send extra sugars there to make more leaves. This tea is just pure golden tips, so it is lighter and sweeter than most Assams. It is lightly rolled to preserve the tips. This means that there is limited oxidation making for less briskness.
All golden tips, about 1/2 an inch long. They are coated in a fine, golden downy powder.
Since it is only the immature tips, the aromas are light and subtle and are of honey & roasted malt.
This is a light bodied black tea. There are no older leaves to add heft.
Golden Tips Assam's flavors are caramel-buttery, with slight malt notes, and hints of tropical fruit: papaya and mango. There are none of the darker roasted flavors found in other Assams.
4 to 5 minutes
We order up this tea from the best garden in Assam: Dikom. It is difficult and expensive to make a tea that has golden buds, but it is worth the effort. It is truly a joy to behold and we enjoy its light body and whiffs of honey.
This is arguably my all-time favorite tea. Not a single person I've served it to has drank this tea without making some type of praising comment. It's malty, slightly sweet, and has a slightly creamy mouthfeel, which I adore. It brews a bit lighter than most Assams. There is something very special about this tea that makes me feel like I'm in an Indian tea garden. Too bad it's out of stock... I want more!
This tea has all the malty flavors I associate with Assam without the astringent briskness I found with the Organic Assam (admittedly not my favorite). I like milk with mine, and the malty flavors really shine through for a smooth cup of tea.
the assam golden tips is truly an exceptional tea. It's malty, rich flavor is the absolute essence of a perfect assam. It is so malty, in fact, that using raw sugar (instead of ordinary white) tends to overwhelm the flavor rather than (as usual in an assam) enhancing it.
I will say my go to everyday breakfast tea is Harney's Organic Assam, and it is a stronger, more punchy tea. Assam Golden tips is for special occasions where you're sipping from fine china teacups, not consuming en masse from a big mug (which is how I drink my ordinary cup of tea).
Try the sample if you're not sure - it gives a solid pot or two of tea.
This is one of the finest teas offered by Harney, pure luxury, sure its expensive but you get what you pay for. If you find this tea to be lacking in flavor as a previous review states then you're not paying attention or are used to much stronger teas. The subtleties of this tea are incredible. Your tea cupboard/ensemble is not complete if you do not have a tin of this magnificent tea. Thank you Harney for continueing to provide us with this tea.
So far, my favorite tea. Very high quality, with a wonderful golden caramel color and malty peppery taste. I usually brew 3-4 cups with the same leaves and love how the taste evolves over each cup. A truly wonderful experience.
This tea is a beautiful golden color, but to me had little flavor or aroma. I much prefer the Organic Assam to this tea. Admittedly I'm not an Assam expert, being a daily English Breakfast tea drinker.
This one definitely has that signature Assam malty taste, but, to me, it is a little bi-polar. I am getting traits of a great Keemun with choclate and some raisin flavors thrown in. The malt leaves a tiny bit of bite on the tounge on the finish. Also, I must add that this one is also quite temperamental. It became bitter after 5 mins in boiling water. I would recommend just short of boiling and between 4-5 mins in order to be able to enjoy this great tea. This one also has a nice medium to medium full body. Definitely another top shelf tea by Harney & Sons.