The Gopaldhara Gold Darjeeling is a Third flush and yields a slightly darker brew in the cup. This tea was picked as recently as November 2014!The large black leaves have silvery tips throughout, and after brewing you can discern some stems and larger tea leaf pieces in the wet leaf. To my palate, the floral notes in this tea are not as present as the Darjeeling from the Thurbo Estate.
The third tea sampled is the Arya Ruby Darjeeling from the Arya estate. The first flush, or picking, begins in March and pushes through to April. As noted, this tea was picked in April of last year. Hints of green can be spotted on both the wet and dry leaf. This appears to be a larger leaf also. This tea is light in flavor with subtle hints of green without any astringency noted.
This was a fun variety of Darjeeling teas to sample. A special thank you to Golden Tips Tea for sharing their harvest. These teas may be ordered online from Golden Tips, with free shipping to the US when you purchase $49.00 worth of tea. Or, for first time customers, they are offering a Sample package for $15.00, shipping included! Follow this link for details.