This is the first Darjeeling Tea Arya Tea Estate started producing this year apart from its other “tea jewels”. Like always, 2013 Arya Pearl stands strong with the mark of which it has hoisted its quality flag for being the one and only “crème de la crème” grade premium quality Darjeeling White Tea (when in comparison to other Darjeeling white teas). We welcome you to try other tea garden white teas from Darjeeling and compare with Pearl – you will surely know the difference.
It is believed that tea makes you appreciate nature, music and poetry more – I suppose this tea is capable of doing that – Try it and see if you levitate in relation to any of the mentioned above :)
A tea made during peak Darjeeling First Flush 2013 time from tender clonal tea leaves, it is 100% hand crafted tea with no machinery involved. Arya Pearl is impossible if there is no sun because it is sun dried, but before sun drying it is put below normal ceiling fans for a certain time. In short this is the most natural form of tea we have ever come across with richer content of antioxidants. Quality is top notch and as the tender leaves impart an attractive appearance with a very sweet nectar like liquor, we have referred to as the “Nectar of the Gods”. Made in very limited quantity, Arya Pearl White Tea is the one which you shouldn’t miss even if you don’t like whites that much.
This Darjeeling First Flush 2013 white tea from Arya seems almost as if it is in its natural state as it was growing from the tea bushes. Most of the “two leaves and a bud” are intact with an amazing luster which gets derived from its glistening tiny silver hairs on almost all of the tea leaves and buds. It has an overall very greenish appearance which is accompanied by elongated silver (white) tips which tapers at the end. The chunky silver tips further ornaments the style of the leaves giving it a very attractive bloom. The tea leaves are voluminous which takes up a larger space and very light in weight. It has a very fresh sweet nose which also tends towards becoming flowery. It also has very slight hints of bread like fragrance which can be observed and sensed with a deeper and prolonged inhale. It also has attributes which seem like fresh boiled mixed vegetable.
The infusion is a marvel to watch at. It seems as if you have picked up some grass and done the brewing – its so green. The overall appearance of the infused tea leaves turn out to be green with slight hints of pale yellow mixed beautifully. The tea leaves which previously in the dry state seemed glued to its counterparts, magically opens up and reveals the glory. The infusion is bright and has a lively fresh bouquet. It has a thoroughly pronounced veggie aroma accompanied by slight bread like and floral.
Arya Pearl Cup or Liqour:
It has an almost colorless cup that is bright and aromatic. It is translucent which is compared with the sign of purity that is white and reflects the purity of the jewel pearl – thus this Darjeeling white is christened so. This light bodied tea tastes sweet and tender and feels like its rejuvenating your whole body through and through moving you towards total relaxation. It has an underlying complex undertone aromas of different flowers. The weak veggie aroma is prominent from the dry tea leaves to the cup. It has a sweet aftertaste with very slight astringency. First Flush teas tend to turn bitter if steeped for long, but this one is one tea which shows no signs of bitterness. Infact to get the best of this tea, try using more of the tea leaves and steep it for atleast 4 minutes at about 85 C. Its because the tea leaves are volumnious and lighter in weight than other teas.