Can you guys believe that I completely forgot it was Tuesday? What I want to know is what happened to my weekend? Oh I know, I spent it filling out paperwork and working on taxes (with a short coffee and shopping break with my bestie tossed in for good measure.) Then the past two days were eaten up trying to find my son's birth certificate so I can get him enrolled in school for next year. The proof that he was born is out there somewhere, but it took me a few days to track down. Now that school enrollment is out of the way and my taxes papers are mostly bundled together in some semblance of order, I can sit down and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea. Today I have something special, it's a limited release winter flush green tea from Golden Tips.
Most of the tea in the world is harvested between April and October, but in some areas of India it can be harvested year around. These late-picked teas winter flush teas are often in short supply, so when you see them hit the market you'll want to pick them up immediately—they never seem to stay around for long. I ordered my package of Green Twirl in mid February and by this morning it was already out of stock (although if you're interested it's included in the Nilgiri Tea Sampler from Golden Tips.) Even-so, I couldn't resist sharing it with you as it's a very unique tea.
Nilgiri isn't a region known for producing high-quality green teas, they're better known for their flavorful blacks, but in recent years as interest in specialty teas has skyrocketed they've begun to experiment more. I have to say, I'm a huge fan of the green teas that have been coming out of India the past few years—they're a welcome alternative to the traditional Chinese and Japanese greens. The flavors tend to be light and slightly sweet, quite different from what I'm accustomed to. This particular tea leans more towards sweet and floral—depending on the temperature of preparation you'll even see an undertone of citrus. The bright, refreshing flavor is just what I need to chase away some of the dark gloom of a cold winter day.
Would I order this again? Yes! I've only begin to sample what the Nilgiri region has to offer, but I've been suitably impressed with their green and black teas.
Crème de la crème, Glendale green twirls are symbolic of the relatively concealed, brilliance of gourmet teas from the tea growing regions in southern India. This striking green tea is skill-fully handcrafted into fluffy wiry twirls with artistic tips evenly spread over. Plucked from superior single clones of the camellia sinesis tea plant at the scenic Glendale plantations, the beautifully light liquroing tea is characteristic of a very mellow and floral flavor, a sweet aroma and a soothing aftertaste. Typical of top-notch green teas, exclusively produced in very limited quantities.
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 176 - 194°F
Steep Time: 2 - 3 minutes
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Golden Tips has provided me with a sample at a discount for review. As always, all opinions are my own.
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