Review: Golden Tips Tea Arya Tea, Second Flush 2010 (Organic)

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In Sanskrit (or "really-old-Indian-language" to ye Laymans out there), "arya" means "noble". At first, it was used to denote those who followed the Devas (or "really-old-Indian writings") specifically, but also was used in Jainism, Buddhism and showed up in Iranian literature. In fact, the word "Iran" may be a derivative (or enthonym) of "arya". The word also has roots as a name for an old racial category...which we won't get into here.

I was confused at first with this Arya estate second flush. When I opened the package, the leaves were bold, forest green with a buttery/grassy scent to boot. I found out after reading the description on the Golden Tips page that it was - in fact - a green tea. A little mention of that in the tea name itself would've dispelled any such confusion. Besides that, I'm actually quite a fan of Arya's green teas. I've had two - their Elixir and Emerald - the latter of which was my favorite. They took to a steep well without spinaching, unlike some Chinese greens. In that, they were like their Indian white tea cousins.

Brewing instructions were...well...complicated. Funny that this was the first time I noticed that Golden Tips actually DID have brewing instructions for their teas; after I thought they didn't for so long. Silly me. I already had an approach I used for Darjeeling greens that worked, though. 1 tsp of leaves in 8oz of 170F water for three minutes.

The liquor brewed to a lovely, pale but foggy yellow. The appearance and aroma reminded me - oddly enough - of Chinese sencha. I sniffed butter, maple, and a vegetal note that gave me that impression. To the taste, it was actually fuller than the other two Arya greens I've had. The forefront was grassy but transitioned to a nutty kick and a fruity finish. In short, the most impressive Darjeeling green I've come across. Like drinking in greener pastures.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Arya Tea, Second Flush 2010 (Organic), 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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