I’m drinking this again today and excuse me but… its freaky good! So smooth and delicious
“I’m drinking this again today and excuse me but… its freaky good! So smooth and delicious” Read full tasting note
“With more teas under my belt, I have returned to this one. It now reminds me of the aged TGY that Canton do but with a less overpowering cocoa flavour. The taste is complex with the cocoa flavour...” Read full tasting note
“My first First Flush & my first tasting note here on Steepster! I grabbed a sample of this in the Canton Tea Co sale as I was intrigued by the notes… Nothing like diving in at the deep end when...” Read full tasting note
“2014 (?) A sweet, slightly vegetal smell from the steeped leaves. A nice honey liquor, with a honey aroma coming from the cup. That works really well for me! The liquor is thin, clean tasting,...” Read full tasting note
The Arya Estate is known the world over for its First Flush but with the Ruby the difference is less apparent – until you taste it. This organic Ruby First Flush is a departure from a classic Darjeeling tea both in appearance and taste. The liquor, as the name suggests, is a rich ruby red almost the colour of a vintage port with a deep glow. The flavour is smooth and rich, floral and soft with underlying notes of caramel, nutmeg and even dark Chocolate.
Year of Production: 2011
Tea Farm: Arya Esatate
Harvest Date: April 2011
Roasting Level: High
Liquor: Dark, exotic ruby red with a golden glow
Tasting Notes: Rich and smooth with notes of nutmeg, caramel and dark chocolate
Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.
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With more teas under my belt, I have returned to this one. It now reminds me of the aged TGY that Canton do but with a less overpowering cocoa flavour. The taste is complex with the cocoa flavour at the top but some muscatel and raisins underneath. There is a lot going on in this tea and I am pleased to find that I still enjoy it as much as before but that my experience is richer for having tasted a lot of other teas between my first tasting of it and now.
My first First Flush & my first tasting note here on Steepster! I grabbed a sample of this in the Canton Tea Co sale as I was intrigued by the notes… Nothing like diving in at the deep end when you’re a tea newbie!
I steeped this for 3 minutes with boiling water. The tea is a rich golden colour with a distinct chocolatey aroma. I was pleasantly surprised that I could pick out so many of the listed notes, even as a novice tea taster- definitely floral yet smooth & not overpowering. Contemplating a bigger bag once my sample is used up!
A sweet, slightly vegetal smell from the steeped leaves. A nice honey liquor, with a honey aroma coming from the cup. That works really well for me! The liquor is thin, clean tasting, sweet and woody, slightly vegetal, slightly honey, a little bitter, a little astringent. It holds up well I think. The sweetness leaves a nice slightly numb tongue. The aroma is always 50/50 honey/plants, with the astringency always tugging your tongue back. Its a nice balance. As the cup cools it dips into deeper territory, with a slight hint of nuts. not sure which, but it was there.
All in all, a very nice first flush Darjeeling.
Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Nuts, Plants, Sweet, Wood
Origin: Arya Estate; Darjeeling, India. April, 2013
Dry Leaf: Scents of dried peach and apple, nutmeg. Twisted threads with multi-colors; moss greens, cream, dark brown, light brown.
Method: Western – 22oz ceramic classic shaped teapot – 1 tsp tea per 8 oz water – 200F – brewed 2 cups in the pot – steeped 3 minutes.
Wet Leaf: Delicate, young brown/green colored leaves—small to medium size. Scents of hay, spices, vanilla, and dried apple peel. Somewhat chopped.
Liquor: Golden/light orange color with scents of honey, vanilla, hay, spice.
Flavor: Very multi-flavored!! Notes of nutmeg, vanilla, dried apple, honey, maybe a tiny touch of dried pineapple as well. There is also a champagne-like brightness, making this the ultimate Darjeeling lol!
I haven’t tried too many Darjeelings but this is definitely the best one I have tried. Very delicious, many layers of flavor, nicely balanced, no astringency (maybe because this is a 2013 and it has mellowed out). Would love to try a new first flush from this year to compare. Will have to taste some more to gain knowledge of this lovely tea!
Later in the day, I resteeped these leaves at 180F for 4 minutes. Delicious and still carried lots of the tasting notes, especially pineapple!!! I would not resteep them a third time bc they have given their best now :)
Having a pot of this with an Indian dish today! Today, I brewed Western at 190F for 3 minutes.
The wet leaf has the scent of pineapple rind bc it’s not quite as sweet-smelling as the fruit but has that scent.
Liquor is golden color also with scents of pineapple rind.
Flavor also has the pineapple rind with cashews, a tiny tiny touch of saffron and turmeric. It’s funny how the spices of India are really coming thru in this Darjeeling. I AM eating Indian food, however. I tried the tea before my food and I cleanse my palate with water when tasting the tea in between bites but it could be influencing my tasting today. It certainly pairs perfectly with the foods of its origin!!!!
After my Indian dish, I kept drinking the tea as I ate a Black Mission fig fresh from my garden and a vanilla cookie. This tea sang with the fig, another food from his homeland!!
Oh and also, my tea is now gone. I see people using the term “Sipdown” and I do not use that term bc it seems to imply that they are happy the tea is all gone and with this tea,,,I am certainly not happy that it is all gone :( More like “Saddown” to me.
Flavors: Apple, Champagne, Dried Fruit, Fig, Hay, Honey, Nutmeg, Pineapple, Saffron, Vanilla