Review: Darjeeling Tea Exclusive Arya Elixir Green Second Flush 2010

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Thumbs up!"The fragrance of the golden yellow tea was sweet and sophisticated: honey, a little floral, with notes of freshly cut peach."
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This is my first encounter with Darjeeling-based Darjeeling Tea Exclusive, but not with Arya second flushes, which I very much like. Second flush “summer” Darjeelings are plucked between May and June, have a more intense color than first flushes, and a mature, mellow flavor. The Elixir grade is one down from Emerald, according to the website. There was no indication of the standard type grading, like “TGBOP.”

The packet I received appeared to have come direct from the company but was poorly sealed. Actually, it wasn’t sealed; the flap of the foil-lined pouch was just folded over. Even so, the very long, twisted frilly leaves had a very nice chocolate-and-sweet corn aroma. While the company describes the leaves as “lime green” they are in fact the usual dark olive green with a sprinkling of lighter tips.

I steeped a generous teaspoon of dry life in 6 oz of 195F water for three minutes. This is a middle of the road time; Darjeelings can bolt, becoming bitter and unpleasant if you let them go too long. The fragrance of the golden yellow tea was sweet and sophisticated: honey, a little floral, with notes of freshly cut peach. The flavor, however, had bolted. To its credit however, while it left a bitter taste in my mouth, it also left behind that classy fragrance.

I began again, with a two minute steep in slightly cooler water this time. This infusion was slightly lighter in color, but had the same delightful fragrance. The flavor was much improved, although not quite as intense as I had anticipated from the aroma. It was a sweet, astringent, just a hint tart at the tip of the tongue, floral at the back, with clouds of mouth fragrance. Both aroma and flavor grew richer as the tea cooled. It was very pleasant and drinkable, with endless mouth fragrance, but the flavor profile just didn’t quite wow me. It’s very good and certainly worth a try. But not wow.

— To purchase Darjeeling Tea Exclusive Arya Elixir Green Second Flush 2010, 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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