|"Beautiful grapiness and a hint of caramel."|
The leaves are distinctly Darjeeling, curled copper and brown that smell like hay and grapes. I steep according to the website, at 160° for two minutes. On my first attempt, I use my usual tap water, but I find the taste overly mineral for a Darjeeling, a flavour I don't mind but suspect is covering up the subtleties of this tea, so I decide to try filtered water.
After brewing new leaves with filtered H2O, the cup smells fruity, like muscatel, with overtones of an interesting puerh-like earthiness. As I'd hoped, the mineral is gone, replaced with a beautiful grapiness and a hint of caramel. There's a vegetal bitterness balanced by a mild sweetness, and an earthiness arcs over the whole cup. Given the robust and unique flavour profile of the Arya Ruby black teas I've tried, I'm not surprised that this lighter blend still manages to stand out with a distinct rich earthiness.
The mineral flavour returns for the second steep, which is also unfortunately bitter. It's an okay follow up steep, but nothing special whereas the first was something special. Overall, though, I'm just not sure in the end if it's something I'd buy. I enjoyed the other Arya and Canton teas I've had more, so while it's good, it's not at the top of my list. I'm glad I got the chance to sample it though, and if you are able, I recommend you try it.
— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Organic Arya Emerald Darjeeling, 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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