Arya Estate Ruby Second Flush Darjeeling

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Black Tea
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Indian Black Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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  • “Decided to get this Arya Estate Ruby to try, I assume this is from 2012 since I don't think the 2013 sf darjeelings are here yet. I don't tend to like sf's as much as ff's but that doesn't mean I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A lovely "comfort food" darjeeling if you're a fan of them. Sipped while watching the new Arrested Development on the couch late yesterday night with my husband, post-grillout (shrimp and...” Read full tasting note
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    ifjuly 612 tasting notes
  • “Along the great Path of Tea, we sometimes have the opportunity to taste a tea that is essentially perfect, at least for us. Such was my experience with Arya Estate's autumnal flush from 2008. So...” Read full tasting note
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From Upton Tea Imports

This classic Arya gem is produced from tender leaves and buds, plucked on a clear, bright morning to assure optimum leaf quality. The leaves are then carefully rolled by hand to produce optimum quality and flavor in the finished product. The cup has a gentle briskness, and sweet raisin notes which linger in the finish.

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Decided to get this Arya Estate Ruby to try, I assume this is from 2012 since I don’t think the 2013 sf darjeelings are here yet. I don’t tend to like sf’s as much as ff’s but that doesn’t mean I will ever stop trying. :-P

This brews up to be a lovely medium orange color. This is exceptionally fruity for a sf and even has a bit of sweetness to it. I’m also picking up a bit of rose in the finish, very nice. This is one of the better sf darjeelings I’ve had in a while – it was also good with a touch of rock sugar to help bring the sweetness forward a bit.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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A lovely “comfort food” darjeeling if you’re a fan of them. Sipped while watching the new Arrested Development on the couch late yesterday night with my husband, post-grillout (shrimp and watermelon and feta kabobs, buttermilk honey chicken kabobs with romesco sauce, cuke salad, leafy salad with blueberry dressing, yummy cookies!) game night (we destroyed the world playing and losing Pandemic, alas) with the neighbors. Nice evening, felt like a very appropriate beginning of summer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Along the great Path of Tea, we sometimes have the opportunity to taste a tea that is essentially perfect, at least for us. Such was my experience with Arya Estate’s autumnal flush from 2008. So when I realized a couple weeks ago that I was about to run out of Darjeeling and die, I ordered some of the current tea from Upton’s to tide me over until the first flush.

First of all, this is a gorgeous tea in its dried form—one of the prettiest I’ve seen. A nice mix of chocolate, olive, and silver in big, open, curly leaves. The tea brews up to produce a classic amber-colored liquor with a light rosy aroma. The taste is delicate, with the characteristic muscatel and rose, and maybe a hint of caramel. Not sure I’m getting the raisins that are mentioned in the vendor description, though. In fact, the tea is a little too delicate. The line between “delicate” and “weak” is such a fine one. Even brewed strong, I find myself wanting just a little more out of this one.

It’s a very good tea, but, knowing that the Arya Estate has produced some GREAT teas, I find myself a little disappointed. It costs more than my last batch of Castleton Moonlight (considered by some as the gold standard for second flush Darjeelings) and I’m afraid it isn’t as good.

Nevertheless, if you prefer your second flush teas on the light side, this may be just the tea for you.

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