Review: Thunderbolt Tea Arya Ruby First Flush 2008

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Thumbs up!"A bit heartier than other first flush darjeelings I have had, but is still mellow and clean enough to not be too over-powering or pungent."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 9.5/10, Kari gave it 7.5/10, DL gave it 8/10
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thunderbolt-arya-ruby.jpgThunderbolt Tea's Arya Ruby '08 First Flush is a great example of a truly tasty Darjeeling. Thunderbolt touts this as one of their highest quality teas, but unfortunately for those of us who might be interested in ordering some, the tea is already sold out. From first glance, the tea does not look to be anything impressive. The dried leaves are black, long and wiry, showing a good degree of twisting; nothing would indicate that this tea is any different than other darjeelings. Luckily, however, the leaves produce a really delightful tea. I was impressed with the light color of the tea, even after infusing for nearly 4 minutes. The previously stringy dried leaves opened up to rather large pieces. The color of the tea was a greenish- brown, nowhere near the coffee-esque dark blackish-brown colors that some teas can develop after a considerably long infusion. The flavor of this tea is crisp and clean, with marked floral and fruity notes , followed by just a hint of butteriness. The fruity and floral tones gave the tea a natural sweetness that made the tea perfectly enjoyable without the need to add sugar. Thunderbolt tea's website speaks of the fruity and floral flavors of this tea, and also mentions that a chocolate/caramel flavor is detectable. I tried to discern the chocolate/caramel flavor but was unsuccessful. I did notice, however, that tea had a slightly smoky finish to it, perhaps reminiscent of a weak Earl Gray. Overall, I was very impressed with this tea. The tea is a bit heartier than other first flush darjeelings I have had, but is still mellow and clean enough to not be too over-powering or pungent. I would describe it as having a medium body. And of course, this tea gets bonus points for being organic. It's too bad for me, because if the tea wasn't already sold out, I would consider purchasing some for myself.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Arya Ruby First Flush 2008, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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