Tea Type: Oolong tea
Flush Season: Autumn flush
Cultivar: Clonal bushes
Estate: Gopaldhara Tea Estate
Temperature during manufacturing: 0°C – 12°C
Invoice No: GPL RT-87/20
Date of picking: October 2020
Type of plucking: Single or two leaves and a bud
Grade: FTGFOP1 Red Thunder
Elevation: 5500-7000 ft
Speciality: Made at high elevations from frosted leaves and clonal bushes
Gopaldhara (RTE-55) Darjeeling Red Thunder – Winter Frosted 2022 – Classic Series Value Pack
Retail price: $23.51 / 300grams value pack
Gopaldhara Red Thunder is a limited edition Darjeeling Autumn Flush made from frosted leaves. This fine tea is made from clonal bushes and appears blackish red with abundant tips. The tea is made during the last week of October where the temperature starts approaching zero degrees at night, leading to the leaves getting frosted. Extreme cold weather conditions at high elevation induce a special and complex flavor into the tea. It is well oxidized while still retaining a prominent fruity flavor.
The tea brews into a fully transparent orange liquor with excellent muscatel flavor and rich, dense notes of ripe fruits. The flavor profile is well-balanced with fruity, soft, and earthy flavors. The tea is sweet without any astringency. The aftertaste is well-defined, long-lasting, and captivating.