2 Tasting Notes


I’ve been longing to try Darjeeling Teas from Happy Earth Tea for some time. Happy Earth Tea which was founded by Niraj Lama and his wife Mary Boland in 2011 is located in Rochester, New York. Niraj is originally from Darjeeling and making most of his background to source great teas from Darjeeling, India.
A colleague of mine was kind enough to get me some tea while he was visiting the US last week. I ordered some breakfast tea which is blend of Assam and Yunnan black teas and a sample set of their Darjeeling First and Second flush teas which include their four Darjeeling teas. It was hard to decide which one to review for this post yet finally I made my choice and went for Arya Black First Flush.
First of all you can not go wrong with Darjeeling teas especially if it’s first flush. Yet there are even better ones and this one from Arya Estate is sure one of them. If you do not know much about tea, you can easily confuse it with green tea because of its leaf appearance.
It’s so rich in aroma and flavor, you can feel Darjeeling in it even your eyes closed. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Darjeeling tea. Enjoy your tea!

Flavors: Flowers

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

Lovely review…love both FF and SF Darjeeling. They are my favourite spring tea!
And kudos to your friend colleague for bringning you such great teas :-)


Thank you The TeaFairy! I love them both, too.

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This is my first tea review and I’m glad to start with this great black tea from Lochan Tea. They are located in India and they are already very well known for their high quality teas. Dry tea leaves are mostly yellow and somewhat black which is reminiscent of Yunnan black teas. Truthfully, had I not known it’s from India I’d have easily mistaken it for Yunnan red teas.
It’s very smooth, naturally sweet, no astringency whatsoever. Therefore you do not need sugar or milk. It’s true that only low quality tea requires sugar or milk! Furthermore; it’s got a nice, surprising hint of chocolate flavor.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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