Goomtee FTGFOP1 China Special FF 2010

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  • “WOOF!! WOOF!! Hello…….My name is Lotis. Six years ago today, I was adopted & brought home…….NO FOOLIN’! I was rescued & kept in a cage for long hours until I found this nice home (or it...” Read full tasting note
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A delicious First Flush Darjeeling from Spring 2010!

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WOOF!! WOOF!! Hello…….My name is Lotis. Six years ago today, I was adopted & brought home…….NO FOOLIN’! I was rescued & kept in a cage for long hours until I found this nice home (or it found me)! I didn’t trust such a strange place, and I even bit Scott a few times-I didn’t trust him either. I was so confused & scared, but he never hit me. :))

Woof!! Woof!! He let me bark, and played ball with me. I played with my squeaky ball, and I played with & ate icy cubes! We still like to do these things, and more! Sometimes we go for walkies, and I still like to chase outside kitties! Lately, I haven’t done that…….sometimes my leg hurts. :// I really like to eat my food with Scott, and sometimes he mixes treats with it. When I go potty outside he gives me even MORE TREATS! :))

Woof!! Woof!! After I eat, I lay under Scott’s feet and sometimes I get sleepy, and catch myself snoring. He pets me alot. I like when he rubs my head, puppy ears, my moustache, and sometimes I let him rub my belly! He always says I’m sssoooo soft, and a good puppy, good buddy, and a good boy. He tells me I have pretty eyes.

Woof!! Woof!! Sometimes, when he drinks tea, I lay by him. Sometimes he drinks tea for a llooong time. He must have had some good tea today, because “good” is a word I understand, and he kept saying it over and over. Sometimes, I look at him & think, “ARE YOU TALKING TO ME??” [Head tilt]

Woof!! Woof!! So, now I am very happy, and I know I make him happy too! We really are good buddies. I even have a soft, warm puppy bed next to Scott’s. I really like sleeping on it, but I haven’t been too often lately. I’m trying to tell him I need a new puppy bed!

Woof!! Woof!! So, we’ll keep doing what we do-eating, playing & chasing kitties (as much as I can), walking, sleeping, snoring, AND I like riding in the car, and so much more! Scott will keep drinking his good tea. I’ll do my best to be a good boy, and we will ALWAYS be good buddies! :)) WOOF!! WOOF!! :)) [wags tail] WOOF!! WOOF!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012.

What the ??…….I’ll have keep an eye on Lotis! I never knew he was so good with computers! :)) I agree with everything Lotis said. Now for a more in depth tea review.

I just heart Darjeeling teas, and this one is no exception. From the bag the aroma didn’t wow me, but while the tea was steeping that changed greatly. I was smelling artichoke characteristics in the steeping cup. In the wet leaves this is more apparent. The leaves are the greenest I’ve ever seen for a first flush Darjeeling, with only a sparse amount of brown leaves. I thought I also noticed a light nuttiness in the wet leaves.

The cup was a light orange color with a sweet aroma emanating from the cup. Darjeelings can sometimes be tough for me to describe. This one was fresh, with mint-like qualities, and fruity like a beautiful Spring day. There is something about this Goomtee though, and I wanted to pin it down-be more descriptive.

As I swirled this tea over my palate it really seemed to sparkle, and POP! Like a sparkling beverage (soda or cider). Sparkling, not like carbonation, but in relation to the way it reacted to my palate. The artichoke aspects were present, but there was (IS) more. Fresh minty qualities came through. Fruity…….but what fruit? The best or closest fruit I can come up with to accurately describe this is LIME, or lime zest. I’ve heard it described in FF Darjeelings before, but I’ve never came close to tasting it until now. :))

This Goomtee is very flavorful. On the palate there is good presence, without being heavy or overly astringent on the tongue. After swallowing, there is only mild astringency in my mouth! What I taste and remember most is sparkling, minty limes, like tropical heaven.

I could drink this 24/7, but I will pace myself and savor every sip-every moment! Like Lotis, this tea is a wonderful gift in my life! :))

Cupped & Reviewed: Sunday, April 1, 2012.

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LOL love it!! send a Woof back to the pup for me! he sounds adorable :)
Thanks for the chuckle, this really made me laugh. and giggle!!


(and of course, I meant smile and giggle. haha)


Beautiful! Tea and your buddie! Thanks Scott!


Thank you Indigo! Updated review.


Thank you Bonnie. :))


I’m not the only artichoke taster after all! Good and luscious review. I could almost smell and taste this tea!


I loved your doggy bit! My Sencha wagged herbtail when I told her about it!


What a lucky puppy :) Cute story and excellent review!


Bonnie-yes, I did get artichokes, but some artichokes are pickled, and it didn’t taste like that. I really like that the astringency wasn’t heavy on my palate.

Nina-Hope Sencha has fully recovered. :)) Every time I see a Bulldog now, I think of Sencha. :)) I have actually seen a couple commercials with Bulldogs in them recently.

Krystaleyn-Thank you! I’m lucky too.


Oh not pickled artichokes! No…I never mean that when I taste it in tea because I used to buy them by the bagfull in Castroville close to Monterrey CA …fields and fields of artichokes growing in the coastal soil along with brussel sprouts! Yum!


I’m gonna try to steep this tea Gongfu tonight with very short steeps. If anything interesting happens, I’ll update.

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Thanks to ScottTeaMan for sending some of this my way!

I was interested to try this, my first tea from Goomtee. I have also been curious as to how long you can keep a FF darjeeling around. Do they age well? Do they change? Do they get stale, etc.

So I just read Scott’s tasting note to give me some clues about this tea. I steeped it up and it’s a light orange with a nice, sweet aroma. This seems to me like a classic darjeeling flavor as I’m picking up on a bit of muscatel. I think I am picking up on a bit of lime as well as some gentle spicy notes. This has a bit more astringency than is optimal for me but it’s a very relaxing and elegant tea experience.

Try #2 – Resteeping it with even cooler temperature this time around (probably 180). Steeped for only 1.5 minutes or so. I like it better this way, it is has an almost candy like sweetness…

P.S. – my tea is less furry than the one in the photo. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Amy, glad you liked it! I am going to try this one gongfu soon to see how it is. After tasting the Risheehat you sent me, I was considering lowering the score of this one, but I’m not, because it is my honest representattion of the tea. Only retasting THIS tea, may reflect a rate change.

PS-Hahahahaha! Lotis is even a little less furry-he just got a haircut about a week ago.


well now that I’ve been tasting so many FF darjeelings I think my definite favorites are the very flowery ones that have an essence of tropical fruit. Other people might feel differently though!


I really like this one- fruity, flowery, lime, and I like minty Darjeelings, but the Risheehat! I ‘ll look for the pineapple next time, I just wasn’t getting any. ://

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