TDA4: Arya Estate Pearl Organic (EX-15)

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  • “These leaves are truly beautiful. They come in graceful green leaf pairings with a long thin bud hidden usually in the fold of one of the leaves, but you can coax it out once it's brewed.  They...” Read full tasting note
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  • “What an unusual tea. First the leaves are very crispy and big. They take up lots of volume. I always go by weight so for me the recommended 2-3 tsp is the same as saying 6-9 grams which is a boat...” Read full tasting note
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    sygyzy 35 tasting notes
  • “Brewed in a pot this time. I'm definitely getting more promised fruitiness now, even light aroma is present. Better but still far from great. Looks like this tea isn't supposed to be brewed in a...” Read full tasting note
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    Oolonga 86 tasting notes

From Upton Tea Imports

Region: India – Darjeeling

This handcrafted white tea has a pleasing, vegetal sweetness. The refreshing liquor has delicate hints of pear and melon. A clean and lingering aftertaste completes the experience. Recommended for special occasions, or simply an occasional indulgence.

$26.80/40g

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These leaves are truly beautiful. They come in graceful green leaf pairings with a long thin bud hidden usually in the fold of one of the leaves, but you can coax it out once it’s brewed.  They are unusually hard for being the least processed and have an almost waxy cast with nearly undectable hairs on them.  This is not your soft downy silver needle.  They have elegant curled edges with tiny little teeth.  Why describe the leaves so much?  They are pretty much the most remarkable thing about this tea, which is very light.  

There is only the slightest hint of sweetness and tang.  The pear and melon that are described are not juicy but more pear skin and the frothy hairs surrounding the seeds of honeydew.  Vegetal? Only the tiniest trace, just enough to know your drinking a tea, but it is not a word I would use to describe this tea compared to others.  

I can taste that it is a Darjeeling, though I’m sure it helps that I know it’s one.  It’s something inherent about the soil and the altitude and all that cold rain but there is absolutely no bitterness.  I’m not sure of this tea could get bitter, but I’m not about to scorch it to find out, I’ll keep the temp right at 180 and keep drawing out the time.  I somewhat regret not using the whole sample amount for strength’s sake but I feared if I ruined it I would have none left.   I recommend multiple infusions, I’m on my third, as the first is the lightest. I’ll update if something remarkable comes through on a later steep. Toddler chugged two cups of this and said it smelled delicious, I think he was really thirsty.

 So this tea does solve the problem of the astringent Darjeeling for me and while I’m glad I tried I know there are many other white teas out there that have a lot more to offer.  Heck I’ve got twenty samples of them just waiting to be tried.  Tomorrow perhaps I shall try the White Assam.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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What an unusual tea. First the leaves are very crispy and big. They take up lots of volume. I always go by weight so for me the recommended 2-3 tsp is the same as saying 6-9 grams which is a boat load of tea! I don’t even have that much in my sample so I used half the sample, so 2.5 G. I picked a brewing time of 9:30 which is between the suggested 8-10 minutes. I might leave it a bit longer since I am using less leaves.

Despite the long brewing time, the tea is still relatively light. No surprise here. The color is very light tinted copper or golden. It’s not as slippery or viscous as I expected. Pretty watery in texture. The taste is very comforting and lingers on the center of your tongue.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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Brewed in a pot this time.
I’m definitely getting more promised fruitiness now, even light aroma is present. Better but still far from great.
Looks like this tea isn’t supposed to be brewed in a gaiwan, too much heat dissipation which affects the taste.
I’m upping the rating a bit.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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