Review: Thunderbolt Tea Arya Pearl White Tea – EX 2 (Darjeeling First Flush 2012)

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This was to be my second encounter with Arya's Pearl - the pinnacle of their "Jewel Tea" collection. The first time was - well - around this time last year. It was a beautiful looking (and tasting) white tea. I hoped the same would be for 2012...not that I had much doubt. So far, every damn tea I've tried this year has been nothing short of spectacular.

The leaves for this year's plucking were just as beautiful as last years. They looked like forest green tree cuttings with minimal rolling. On aroma, they possessed the same muscatel-'n-spice combo that their darker orange pekoe cousins heralded. But there was also a strange alternation between grape and grass, which I love in white teas. So far, so good.

I could've done my usual review brew-up for this, but I hadn't imbibed a lot of tea today. So, I brewed an entire friggin' pot - 4 tsps. of dry leaves in 32oz. of 175F water. Then I waited for three minutes.

The result was a pale yellow liquor with spicy springtime aroma, and a dash of fruit-scent for good measure. Taste-wise...golly...I don't know where to start. It was like being on an epic quest in a fluorescent green forest, in search of a dragon shaped like a grape. I eventually found it, faced off with it - armed only with a teaspoon - and vanquish the muscatel beast. Blood for wine poured fourth and into my mouth. Er...something like that. Honest. In short, perfect and daydream-inducing.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Arya Pearl White Tea – EX 2 (Darjeeling First Flush 2012), 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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