Tea Trekker has offered many teas from Goomtee Tea Estate over the years. ‘Spring Delight‘ is a very special manufacture from this garden.
Early-pluck Goomtee can be quite assertive and astringent; however, ‘Spring Delight‘ is not. It has a very clean and well-made, pure flavor that is classic and straightforward while offering complexity through its aroma and body.
As tends to be true with ‘Delight‘ teas in general, this one needed a little time after manufacture to develop into the world-class, exciting tea that it is now. What a wonderful silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic that our supply of this leaf was forced to linger in various stations in India while one lock-down, then the monsoonal floods, then a second pandemic lock-down all blocked its journey to the West (us!). We are finding that this delicious tea is now perfectly balanced. The taste is straight as an arrow and does not vary, from sip to sip and from pot to pot. Reminiscent of the rich crispness of freshly-cut grass, ‘Spring Delight‘ also mixes in some complexity that we can suggest as hinting at the herb parsley and the hugely popular tisane lemon grass. We think that this is perhaps the most enchanting Darjeeling 1st Flush tea that we have had in several years (and that is saying quite a bit given the varied assortment that we have this year and have had in the last several years…).
The aroma of the dry leaf is intoxicating, bold, very clean, and really intriguing; however the aroma of the steeped liquid expands and the complexity blossoms. The color of the liquor is stunning – a pure medium-straw.
‘Spring Delight‘ has an exquisitely soft and focused aftertaste. This ‘returning flavor’, as the Chinese refer to it, is superb, and holds this fine tea’s elusive flavor on the palate for quite a while.
The Goomtee Tea Estate is located in the Kurseong Valley (the land of orchids) of Darjeeling at an altitude ranging from 3,280 – 6.561 feet. The garden is ideally situated for the production of quality Darjeeling tea. It is located in the prime quality tea-growing belt between the tea estates of Jungpana to the East and Makaibari and Castleton to the West.The weather in Goomtee Estate is perfect for growing tea: the temperatures are cool to moderate and rainfall is generous. As a result the garden produces some of the most aromatic teas in Darjeeling.