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Happy Earth Tea Arya Black Organic Darjeeling, First Flush 2013

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, varied shades of green
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: gold

Although usually categorized as a black tea, first flush Darjeeling can behave like a green tea in disguise. This one from +Happy Earth Tea was some of the greenest that I’ve had. Arya is one of my favorite estates so I was really looking forward to digging (or sipping) in. It was fruity, floral and just a touch vegetal with a pleasant, brisk astringency. The classic muscatel taste you would expect from Darjeeling was present but subtle. I didn’t find it bitter at all but be careful about your steep times. I think any longer than three minutes might not yield such a nice cuppa. I resteeped this a second time so that I could take a travel mug to go and it was just as tasty as the first. Icing Darjeeling isn’t something that I usually do but something tells me that this one would be quite good that way.

Arya Black sample provided by Happy Earth Tea.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.