Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
Our Organic Guranse tea originates from the Guranse Estate in Nepal and is graded FTGFOP-1 (Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, First Flush). This light and fragrant tea has notes of tobacco and wet mahogany with light peach notes that linger. Organic Guranse is lightly malty and perfect for afternoon or early evening enjoyment as it is not as strong as some of our other black teas.
Learn more about this tea here.
The dry leaf of this tea is earthy and a little sweet, reminding me a bit of the pipe tobacco my dad once had when my stepmother was trying to get him to start smoking pipes. The brewed tea maintains much of this fragrance, although it is a slightly lighter scent than the dry leaf.
The flavor immediately reminded me of an Assam with its delicious malty tones, although I’m finding it to be a lighter bodied tea than a typical Assam, which I usually categorize as a full-bodied tea. I think I’d categorize this one as a medium bodied tea, or even a light-to-medium bodied tea. To put it another way, I would put this somewhere between a full-bodied Assam and a light-bodied Darjeeling.
Interestingly enough, this tea also has other characteristics that remind me of these two teas. The aforementioned rich malty tones that remind of an Assam while the woody, fruit tones remind me of a Darjeeling (but without the muscatel). There is a fair amount of astringency to this tea as well, which is common in these two teas. Here the astringency is crisp and tangy, and leaves the palate feeling clean and dry. The aftertaste is earthy and sweet.
I’m finding this to be a delightful, contemplative cup – just right for the afternoon. It’s also REALLY good as it cools – makes an awesome iced tea!