Review: Thunderbolt Tea Arya Ruby (Second Flush 2011)

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Thumbs up!"The liquor brewed a honeyish amber with a pleasantly sweet and nutty aroma trailed by allspice. That sweetness also came through on foretaste, followed by the usual muscatel and malt middle."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.5/10
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It may seem cheesy for me to say, but I kinda like the naming scheme the Darjeeling estate of Arya employs. Each tea is named for a precious jewel - on befitted to the type of tea. Case in point, their green tea was dubbed "Emerald - their oolong, "Topaz". Their OP I was trying this day was their "Ruby" - a second flush. And like the namesake, it sure was pretty. The leaves were dark and twisty with a few green and beige tips in the fray. The aroma was all wood, chestnuts, chocolate and spice.

I brewed 1 tbsn. of leaves in 12oz of 200F water steeped for two-ish minutes. I say two-ish because - given its light appearance - I wasn't sure whether to go for a full three or not. I erred on the sight of lighter, which usually worked for any Darjeeling.

The liquor brewed a honeyish amber with a pleasantly sweet and nutty aroma trailed by allspice. That sweetness also came through on foretaste, followed by the usual muscatel and malt middle. And the beauty of the aftertaste was that it ended on sweetness. Yes, that's right. The flavor of this was a "sweet sandwich" sensation. Lovely as always; yet another Arya jewel met with jowl approval.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Arya Ruby (Second Flush 2011), 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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