Arya Imperial Darjeeling Second Flush Organic Black Tea

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Black Tea
Darjeeling Tea
Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey, Malt, Orange, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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An extravagantly manufactured harvest from superior AV2 clonal bushes at the picturesque Arya tea garden in the region of Darjeeling in north-east India. The wiry, light & fluffy leaves offer beautiful color shades of black & brown with beautiful tips all over. The red coppery infusion of dry leaf brightens your cup and the exquisite flavour is rich with delicious biscuity undertones of dark chocolate, dry fruit & honey. The finish is long, sweet and sensational. Among the finest summer tea this 2016 harvest.

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 Tea Estate
Grade: FTGFOP1
Origin: Darjeeling
Invoice: DJ 68
Caffeine: Medium
Flush/Season: Second / Summer
Date of Picking: 20th July, 2016
Specialty: Single Estate

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Summer Vacation! I had a pretty bad experience with darjeeling yesterday, but one cuppa isn’t enough to turn me away from a tea! So tonight I grabbed the other two darjeelings (the only other two in my collection, I believe) to sample to try to get a better general idea of the taste, because I’m hoping I can get these to brew up less bitter. Both of these teas were graciously made available to me from the Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox, so thanks so much to tea-sipper for organizing and all those that contributed teas to the box! Otherwise I wouldn’t even have the opportunity to get to try some more darjeeling teas, so I really appreciate it!

Both of these teas are from the Arya Estate, and one is a first flush and one is a second flush (and me knowing nothing about these kind of teas, I honestly don’t even know much about the difference, so it’ll be interesting to sample both). Since I mistakening grabbed the second flush, first, first up is the second flush Arya darjeeling. The dry leaf has a maltier black tea scent to me than the darjeeling I drank from T2 last night, and also smells just a little peppery.

I had a single serving sample, and this time I weighed the leaf to ratio out the water accordingly (I still don’t know why I blindly trusted T2s directions on the outside of their sampler packet instead of doing that last night, honestly). The brewed cup has a lovely honeyed-orange color, and the aroma is a very malty aroma with a honeyed sweetness to it. The first sip and I’m already so pleased to not taste any bitterness; it’s very smooth! The first flavor note that really strikes me is a very pleasant orange rind/marmalade flavor, with some additional notes of malt, honey, and some subtle autumn leaf vegetal notes near the finish.

This is a very different experience from the cup I had yesterday. Very pleasant, with lots of fruity and sweet notes, and lacking the harshness and astringency. I really enjoy this!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey, Malt, Orange, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #37
Not as magical as the other Vahdam tea I had the other day, but since it’s a Darjeeling, the steeps were probably not perfect (my fault). But Darjeeling is the pickiest tea.

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