Review: Thunderbolt Tea Arya SFTGFOP1 Premium (First Flush 2011 – Organic)

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Imagine my surprise when I was digging through a bunch of my old teas and found vacuum-sealed bags I hadn’t opened. From the Arya tea estate, no less – one of my favorites. A first flush, even! I knew I still had some Thunderbolt Darjeelings to get through, but I was beyond surprised by a first flush in their midst – let alone three.

The leaves for this were all green – nary a brown one among them. It was like looking at it springtime in a vacuum-sealed bag. The smell was all spice and merriment, a part of Northern India wafting its way to my nostrils. Yes…I was excited for this.

It had been so long since I brewed an exceptionally young Darjeeling. Okay, maybe it wasn’t “technically” a young’un anymore, but it still smelled young. I brewed 1 tsp. in 8oz. of 200F water for three minutes. It was about what I remember.

The liquor brewed solid amber. The cup was loud and shiny, one would half-expect to find a mosquito suspended in it. Luckily, my pint glass was transparent, so I could enjoy the presentation. The nose was all spice, nuts, grapes and wood. The taste carried these traits over on the forefront, but it imparted a bit of something extra – the taste of maple leaf. Yes, I know what those taste like…for some reason.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Arya SFTGFOP1 Premium (First Flush 2011 – 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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