Arya Topaz Darjeeling Oolong 2nd fl 2012

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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  • “I wasn't sure what I expected from this tea, but I love Darjeeling and I love oolong, so the combination seemed like a good idea. My initial tastes were disappointing, as there was a strong...” Read full tasting note
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Amongst Arya Tea Estate jewels, Arya Topaz is the one which is processed in the true oolong sense, but very much different from oolongs from other parts of the world. Like other oolongs they have a specific character which is absent in the other, likewise, Arya’s oolong is differs in characteristics. Arya’s oolong is more inclined towards the Darjeeling characteristics mainly due to tea leaves grown in different soils, climate, temperate etc. etc. Comparing Topaz with other region oolongs can prove disappointment because this is a “Darjeeling characterized oolong”. All in all its a different tea altogether with liqor that is quite light and refreshing with fruity flavors.

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I wasn’t sure what I expected from this tea, but I love Darjeeling and I love oolong, so the combination seemed like a good idea.

My initial tastes were disappointing, as there was a strong vegetable flavor that I didn’t care for (the same reason I dislike many green teas). Today, however, the veggies seem very subdued. Instead, there are floral highlights with maybe a hint of mint. The aroma is delicate in comparison the the Thunderbolt Moonlight that I just finished, but probably more in line with what I expect from a Darjeeling.

The flavors are similar to the aromas, but the mouth-feel is a bit coarse and tannic, and doesn’t flow gracefully into the finish. Not bad, really, but lacking in elegance. A decent tea, but not special. To be fair, this is a “bargain” tea compared to other Thunderbolt offerings, and it serves that role nicely.

I think I need to play around with the water temperature since I’m seeing a lot of variation in my tasting notes for this tea, and also significant variation in temperature (depending on how impatient I am at the stove). If I find a pattern, I’ll update my tasting notes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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