Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy Earth Tea Arya Ruby 1st Flush Darjeeling 2014

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: wiry, green and grey with silver tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: bone china teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: gold

I've already reviewed four 1st flush's this week and I saved one of my favorite estates for last. The leaves were wiry and somewhat darker than I expected. Its taste was less floral than the other selections that I tried. There was a pleasant apple-like sweetness that lingered into the finish. There was little astringency but I still found it refreshing. If I had to choose a favorite out of all of the teas that I reviewed this week, it's a close tie between this one and Puttabong. It's hard to explain but this tea had a depth to it that I very much enjoyed. Last year's 1st Flush from Arya Ruby was much greener, very different from this one. I find it fascinating how much they can change from year to year. Did you know that +Happy Earth Tea has a tea studio? If you are ever in the Rochester, NY area make sure that you stop by to see +Niraj Lama! He's definitely one of the nicest folks in the tea biz and super knowledgeable to boot.

Arya Ruby 1st Flush Darjeeling sample provided by Happy Earth Tea.