Green Darjeeling Jasmine Arya (organic)

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Region: Darjeeling lies to the west of Assam nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas between North Bengal and Nepal. High altitude, cool winters and rocky soils ensure slow growth, which is synonymous with high quality. Generations of tea experience has produced a region that justly claims to have some of the best teas in the world.

Arya Tea Estate: Arya is an old Dargeeling garden founded in 1965. It lies close to the town of Darjeeling a stone’s throw from the Planters’ Club and borders Happy Valley Garden. Arya produces black, white and oolong teas as well as green..

For tasting the tea was steeped in 140ml water at 85⁰C for five minutes.

Leaf: neat, even, olive green leaf with some tip(good) and some stalk (not so good). It has a clean green aroma with a definite floral jasmine note.

Infusion – visual: bright yellow green leaf with sharp broken edges – very obviously missing the typical hard wither of a Darjeeling black tea

Infusion – aroma: green and grassy(in a pleasant sense). Jasmine not dominant on the infusion – and perhaps just a hint of sweet peppermint lurking?

Liquor – visual: a pale golden bright rimmed liquor, just a little turbid.

Liquor – taste:

First steep: a trifle bitter initially but with a smooth finish softened and rounded by the jasmine.

Second steep: marked reduction in bitterness again enhanced by the jasmine to produce a smooth satisfying finish.

Summary: although this tea is a Darjeeling do not look to it for Darjeeling attributes – this tea can see off a lot of China competition as a drinkable jasmine green. It may well reward a lower initial brewing temperature than 85⁰C and promises to repay re-steeping several times.

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1379 tasting notes

More Darjeeling please :)

This tea is bright green and dark green in colour with a sweet and floral jasmine scent. The leaves are mostly finely chopped for the most part. I can see a little bit of twig but very little and no marks or discolouration on the leaves.

Once steeped this tea is dusky yellow in colour with a sweet yet soft jasmine aroma. Not as strong as say Jasmine Pearls but strong enough to be fresh.

Flavour is gentle and sweet with minor astringency. It’s sweet but also slightly musky and perfumey so it still has that true Darjeeling feel about it. Not as sweet as some Jasmine teas can be but it’s sweet enough for me.

Overall it’s a nice Darjeeling green and a nice jasmine green so as a Jasmine Darjeeling it’s pretty darn tasty! Two happiness meters for the price of one can be filled thanks to this beauty :)

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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A sample from KittyLovesTea. I was intrigued by this one, but completely clueless about how best to treat it. For this reason, I went with the steeping parameters indicated in the description on this page – 5 mins at about 180. I like Darjeeling, on the whole, but green tea and jasmine flavouring have always been borderline flavours for me. That’s probably why I wasn’t expecting to like this a whole lot, and so I took myself completely by surprise when it turned out that I did. Like it a lot, that it.

It’s sweet, for starters, and I wasn’t expecting anything like that. It is a little bitter at the end of the sip, but the initial sweetness is just phenomenal. It smells delicious, too. Sweet, again, and slightly floral. Juicy, somehow. It’s quite perfumey to taste, but somehow this isn’t a bad thing. Usually, heavy jasmine scents or flavours aren’t my thing at all, but this is something else. Although the jasmine is both strong and heavy, I actually don’t mind it. It works really well with the base Darjeeling, perhaps because it’s a “green” Darjeeling. In addition to the jasmine, there’s a strong grassy flavour. Again, sweet, but it cuts through the floral a little in the middle of the sip, and reminds me of some of the more delicate green teas I’ve tried recently.

Looking at the leaves, the majority are a medium green colour, with some darker leaves (approaching black) among the mix. They’re quite small, and some are broken, but the majority actually unfurl to a reasonable size once steeped. The liquor is a bright yellow, very sunny looking. I needed things to cheer me up today, and this has done the trick admirably.

Overall, a huge success! I’m going to resteep the leaves, as recommended, to try and lose some of the bitterness. I might also try my next fresh infusion with a slightly shorter brew time. I’d put off trying this one because I wasn’t sure what to make of it, but I’m glad I finally took the plunge. A reward if ever there was one!

2nd steep isn’t so great. The bitterness is still there, only this time there is significantly less flavour. The jasmine is more subtle, but in this case I don’t think that’s an advantage. I much prefer this at full strength.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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