Reviews

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.

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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.