90 Tasting Notes
I am more of an Irish Breakfast type, but I do enjoy a good English Breakfast on occasion. And this IS a good English Breakfast. The brewed leaves are an attractive mix of greens and coppers, with a pleasant fruity scent. The liquor is a robust amber shade with excellent clarity; it tastes bright, smooth and a touch rich/fruity. Even brewing for five full minutes doesn’t make it rough or unpleasant. I haven’t tried adding milk or sugar to it – there is really no need – but I can definitely recommend drinking it alongside a piece of toast with honey, for one of the best breakfasts around.
Much darker in colour and rather stronger in flavour compared with other first flush Darjeeling teas. Drinking a cup in comparison with the Arya autumnal flush from last year. The Ruby has a distinctly greener taste, less fruity, although it is also a bit toasty. Less muscatel flavor in teas from this estate? They both have the flavor profile that I associate with Darjeeling but it is subdued. This is a lovely tea to look at, the leaves are extremely long, thick and beautifully twisted.
Enjoying a cup of this in company with some first flush Ruby from the same estate. Wet leaves had aromas of chocolate, kind of keemun-y, and then hints of raspberries. The tea also has keemun like flavors and is more fruity/toasty in flavour compared with the greener taste of the first flush. Liking it a lot. Am sure that these two teas will cure what ails me today (namely a bad headache and lack of tea).
Had a pot of this hen I was out for lunch today. The people at The Groove Train actually put the teabag into e pot of hot water for me! Wow! A lot of times they don’t, despite the fact that I.am.paying.THEM.to.serve.me.tea. WTF.
But I digress.
This is quite a nice chai, heavy on the clovey, star anisey side, a little light on the tea side. I quite often order it when I’m out though, because it’s a good, though predictable, non-powdered chai option.