Arya Classic Darjeeling First Flush Organic Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Darjeeling Tea
Flavors
Floral, Orange, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal
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Caffeine
Low
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 400 oz / 11829 ml

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This vegetal delight from one of Darjeeling’s best-loved tea gardens is the perfect companion to comfort food. Unlike the lighter floral and vegetal teas of the season, this is an intense flavour worth indulging in. Relish the sweet pea, fresh nuts and guava flavours with an impression of waxy white flowers as well. A surprising baked biscotti flavour enhances the aftertaste.
This tea goes well with croissants, puffed pastries, muffins and buttered toast served with scrambled eggs.

Setup in 1885, The Arya tea plantation in Darjeeling is situated at an average height of 1500 metres above sea level. This very prominent tea estate is known to produce some of the finest organic teas grown in Darjeeling. Its ‘Jewels Tea Collection’ known as the Ruby Black Tea, Pearl White Tea, Topaz Oolong Tea, Emerald Green Tea & Diamond Black Tea etc. is extremely popular among connoisseurs. This estate produces upto 70,000 kilograms of tea every year & its exclusive offerings command a premium every season.

Tea Type: Black Tea
Estate: Arya
Grade: SFTGFOP1
Origin: Darjeeling, India
Invoice: DJ 12
Caffeine: Low
Flush/Season: First/Spring
Date of Picking: 12th April, 2017
Specialty: Single Estate

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Summer Vacation! Here is the second of the Arya darjeeling teas in my collection… and as it turns out, I had them mixed up, looking at my self-labeled sampler packet this morning, which is labeled as the “Arya Classic First Flush.” Which means the one I drank yesterday night was the second flush, and I reviewed it in the wrong place. Oops. So I had to delete my previous review and move it to the correct location, so if you are getting deja vu, that’s what happened… sorry for the mistake, but it’s fixed now! This tea is also courtesy of the Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox, so thanks to tea-sipper for organizing and all the lovely folks who contributed.

This tea brewed up a much paler orange color than the second flush Arya tea I sampled last night. The aroma from the cup still smells very sweet and fruity to me, almost tropical… a bit like a POG juice. The flavor of the tea tastes more like and delicate than the second flush I sampled last night… it doesn’t have that deeper, malty note. Rather, it almost makes me think of a white tea, as there is this deeply floral taste to the brew, with a slight vegetal undertone. I’m still getting some orange fruity notes to the cup, as well, which is seems to share with the other Arya tea.

I’m enjoying this tea as well, and I’d say all in all darjeelings may be Indian teas I need to explore, while it is assams that just aren’t my thing. I am really curious how that other darjeeling may have faired, if T2 hadn’t botched the directions so badly (or perhaps it just was that low of quality, and was just a really astringent tea… who knows!) Between these two Arya teas, I really like both, though think I like the second flush just a touch more; I think the second flush makes a better breakfast tea and the first flush a better light afternoon tea/high tea sort of sip, though. And it is the sort of thing I’d prefer if I’m in one of my floral moods (which tend to take me often).

Flavors: Floral, Orange, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 400 OZ / 11829 ML

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