Arya Ruby - Exclusive Darjeeling Second Flush

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Dark Wood, Floral, Flowers, Muscatel, Nutty, Red Fruits, Sweet, Walnut
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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DRY TEA: Keeping to the exacting character of this tea, the stlyish leaves are evenly twisted with an abundance of tips. The leaves are grey with a smattering of green and yellow. As always the tea has a superb bloom.

INFUSION: The leaves turn largely caramel, with dark green streaks. The nose is robust possessing a malty aroma with a strong hint of the muscatel Darjeeling tea is famous for.

CUP: The liqor is almost amber echoing a second flush hue. The tea is fragrant with smoky, floral characteristics that is mature with a great lingering aftertaste. This is a beautiful tea that never fails to satisfy connosuiers of Darjeeling.

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS: A tea spoon a cup. Steep in near-boiling water for 3-5 mins.

OCCASION: A perfect number to show-off during highteas.

The garden, very close to Darjeeling town, was established in 1885. Although small compared to many other gardens – it is only around 310 acres – Arya tea garden is now recognised for its high quality Darjeeling teas.

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6770 tasting notes

This smells….CRISPY…dry.

This infuses to a VERY light brown…well, not even really brown…looks more like a pale green tea or a hued white tea color. Regardless it is a BOLD one! It’s a bit floral, malty, and has a hint of smoke which is a nice touch! I LOVE how malty this is…to the eye…I didn’t think it would be…but it is!



thanks for this post! the tea sounds awesome..and now I started browsing happyearthtea’s website.


The couple that owns Happy Earth Tea are wonderful to deal with! Lovely people! Great email correspondence!

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455 tasting notes

This is another one of my favorites from this company. The dry leaf is incredibly fragrant. Once you open the punch you’re blasted with sweet smelling flowers and a soft woodiness. The leaves are darker than the first flush, but they every bit as tippy. You can easily spot multiple platinum tips in a handful of this sweet smelling leaf. I poured a heavy amount in my tetsubin and brewed away. The steeped leaves are still sweet, but they carry a wet wood roughness and a tangy maple aroma. The brew is thick and dark red. The initial sip begins with some smooth oak and moves into a walnut nuttiness. The drink finishes with a thick muscatel and some dark fruit in the background. This is a heavy muscatel toned beverage. I enjoy brewing this later in the day, so I may sit and unwind and pay attention to the transition of the flavors. It’s enjoying as how it begins almost rough and “bitey”, and then it softens and curbs the palette. This a great example of what a fine Darjeeling should taste like. You can also easily notice the sweet fragrant sweetness that lingers in the throat long after drinking. Personally, I enjoy both the First Flush and Second Flush Arya from this company; however, I prefer the First Flush in the morning for it’s crisp tones and Second Flush in the evening for it’s complexity and heavier tones. I highly recommend this tea, and there is not much of it left. The aroma from the liquor of this brew is something to experience. I am incredibly excited to experience this years harvest.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Floral, Flowers, Muscatel, Nutty, Red Fruits, Sweet, Walnut

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Dr Jim

You make me really want to drink this! Sounds wonderful.


I really like Arya Ruby. I’ve just had an email with this years first Darjeeling, its EX1 and no idea what the difference is in taste.. still very expensive though!


They have samples available Jim…


I’ve good things about Mariagefreres; however, that is a bit pricey. Although, First Flush Darjeeling is rather up in price if its authentic and the quality matches the price point. EX1 are “symbols” they use after a leaf grading if it surpasses the scale. For Example, they use FTGFOP as a very high leaf grade, and if it’s considered “better” than they add on an extra number or letter. In this case, they did EX1, sometimes its 01 or 001. I’ve seen it used as a marketing technique for anything past FTGFOP is pushing into unrealistic. That’s only my personal opinion. @Rasseru


I thought EX was prior to the flush & DJ was after, with the numbers designating the batch. So DJ-1 is the first batch after the flush. And yes, that tea is pricey!


ahhhh I must’ve been mistaken


haha i may be wrong. Excelsior (who seems to be in the know about darjeeling) said that EX refers to experimental i.e. irrigated/not natural rain/flush so before the monsoon. If I am not mistaken? I know Goa gets very hot feb/march and then the monsoon hits and everything goes green. EX have less batch size and DJ have bigger amounts. Apparently the flavour can be pretty similar.


ahhh okay, that makes more sense. I must be thinking of a different term.

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2816 tasting notes

My review is for the 2015 version of this tea. It definitely has a ruby color, almost orange in appearance. I don’t really wan to give this a numeric rating as I’m not a big fan of second flush darjeelings in general. I am much more partial to the first flush. This cuppa has a woody, slight citrusy flavor with a touch of muscatel in the finish. It’s a bit brisk. I’m happy for the opportunity to try this but still not a second flush convert ;)

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Doug F

Wow! Look at you steppin up the reviews. I have to say, when I come across a great second flush, it’s a tough choice between that and a first.


yeah. i’m picky like that. ;)

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I LOVE this Darjeeling. It’s one of the finest Darjeeling teas I’ve yet to taste. This is the flavor that I think of when I hear the word “Darjeeling.” This is it! As close to perfect as a Darjeeling can get, in my opinion.

A beautiful muscatel. Sweet, floral, fruity, wine-like finish. Delightful.

Here’s my full-length review:

Christina / BooksandTea

I’ve never had Darjeeling, but I do have one in my cupboard I have yet to taste. What sort of flavours should I look for when trying it?

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