Category: Black
Tea Company: Lochan Tea (website)
Ingredients: Black Tea
Vendor Suggested Preparation: not listed

Lochan Tea Harmutty Golden Paw First Flush 2010

Due to user error, my first experimental pot of Lochan’s Harmutty Golden Paw was a declawed version of what a good Assam should be. At a scant teaspoon per cup and 3:45 brewing time (what I thought was a fair middle range), it was a beautiful amber in the cup, but I couldn’t coax much flavor out of it. It just tasted light and tea-ish.

When I got distracted—a routine occurrence on busy Saturdays—and left the rest of the pot for more than an hour, the color began to darken. Once that happened, some sweet, nutty notes began to emerge—prompting visions of and a craving for my Aunt Nancy’s legendary pecan pie. The full pot’s worth of leaves, double strength in a single cup, made a great glass of iced tea in the afternoon.

Evidently, this tea is not intended to be treated like a pampered pussycat. Even though the leaves are light and fluffy, they need strength (a heaping teaspoon per cup and then some) and time (minimum five minutes). When you give Harmutty Golden Paw a lion’s share of care and attention, you’ll get a smooth, light, slightly sweet, highly enjoyable tea.

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3 Responses to “Tea Review: Lochan Tea Harmutty Golden Paw First Flush 2010”

  • Glad you let the tea steep and got to enjoy some of the tea’s full flavour, GG. Because it’s light and fluffy this tea takes more than a teaspoon per cup because it doesn’t weigh as much as regular black tea. Generally tea is ideal at about 2.5 grams per 150ml (teacup size) and that usually works out to about 1 tsp. Since most people have a teaspoon but not a sensitive weigh scale in their kitchen, tea directions are given in teaspoons. With all those golden buds I’m sure the tea is lovely. Next time try two (slightly heaping) teaspoons per cup for just 2 minutes.

  • GG:

    I’m trying to overcome the bad habit of being chintzy with the amount of dry leaf I use.

  • Hah — I often steep even my black teas twice… ;)

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