Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Darjeeling Tea Lovers
Goomtee Black Dragon, an OOLONG comes from a prestigious tea estate of Darjeeling. Gomtee produces some of the best teas that we have tasted so far. This oolong is a stand alone tea from their house. Long semi fermented leaves when steeped for 3 minutes gives a roasted chocolate flavour which makes this tea a must try for tea lovers.
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So far, the teas that I’ve tried from Darjeeling Tea Lovers have been all Darjeeling teas, so I was excited to finally be trying this Goomtee Black Dragon Oolong First Flush from them! An Oolong from the Darjeeling Region, even! Exciting!
The aroma of the dry leaf was earthy and sweet, with notes of an indistinguishable fruit … it had a fruit-like sweetness to the scent but, it was difficult to place exactly what fruit I was smelling. The brewed liquid smells more fruity … a fruit note that lies somewhere between plum and apricot and nectarine. I also smell a distinct “sweet” note that reminds me of cocoa with hints of burnt sugar.
The flavor is superb! Peach-like notes with floral hints. The promises of chocolate from the fragrance come alive in the flavor as well. Not a strong chocolate-y presence but certainly a welcome one. The chocolate notes seem to be more distinct when I aerate the sip with a slurp, so this is a tea that is definitely worth slurping! Yeah, don’t worry about it, nobody’s listening … go ahead and slurp!
The chocolate notes are not “slap you in the face” kind of chocolate notes … but, that’s OK. Yes, the chocoholic that always says more chocolate = better just said that! That’s because I love it when I find a pure tea like this that has natural notes of cocoa. This tea is pure joy!
The texture is soft and smooth and there is some astringency toward the finish. The aftertaste is sweet with just a hint of “tangy” from the stone fruit notes coming through. Subsequent infusions bring the chocolate notes into the foreground! Chocolate lovers … you’ll want to indulge in several infusions with this tea!
I am in agreement with the description above – this tea is definitely a MUST TRY for tea lovers … and for chocolate lovers too!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!