Review: Thunderbolt Tea Arya Emerald 2009 Second Flush

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thunderboltemeraldaryaI forget exactly what I was in a hurry for, but I do remember being in a rush. Tired, somewhat delirious, I grabbed for a Thunderbolt Tea sample. Being all Darjeelings, I assumed they were all black. I took a whiff of this sample, and was taken aback. It wasn't until later, while looking at the Thunderbolt site, that I realized the Emerald was a green tea.

The sample pouch contained thin, wiry, twisted leaves, ranging from light to deep forest green. They had an appearance similar to a Chinese Dragonwell, but a much fainter smell. Not deeply "lawn"-like. The scent had a hint of spice and sweetness to the nose. I wasn't exactly sure how to brew a Darjeeling green, so I went with 16oz of water brought to a pre-boil at a green tea temp for five minutes.

It infused to a pale yellow, more along the lines of a white tea. Maybe a wee bit darker. There wasn't much of a scent, slightly grassy. The liquor possessed a pleasant, smooth taste; also light, somewhat subtle, fruity. This green tea had more in common with a white than a green, in my opinion. A part of me also thought it was reminiscent of a slightly more understated Japanese green - like tamaryokucha.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Arya Emerald 2009 Second Flush, 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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