Review: Canton Tea Co. Organic Arya Emerald Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"The balance between sweet and savoury vegetal notes is impressive. Clean, refreshing and easy to drink, I could see myself stocking up on this tea in the future."
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.8/10
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cantonemeralddarjeelingThe folks at Canton Tea generously threw in some samples last time I placed an order, including this green second flush from the famed Arya Estate. The tea is described as providing a subtle hint of pear and grape. The leaves display an interesting mix of tan, lime green, gold and silver, along with a delicate herbaceous aroma.

I followed the rather conservative brewing instructions provided on my sample's package, infusing 1 heaping teaspoonful of leaf in 8 ounces of water heated to 70 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. The greenish-gold cup has a faint grass and honey scent to it. Taking a sip, the tea is smooth, light and crisp. The flavour profile alludes to vaguely sweet raw greens without being very specific. Green beans, corn sprouts and baby spinach come to mind. The tea gets sweeter as it cools, becoming fruitier especially in the lingering finish. Perhaps it's the power of suggestion but I can definitely taste the promised grape and pear notes.

I brewed the leaves a second time for 2 and a half minutes. The results are very similar to the first cup, only with a more drying feel in the mouth. A subtle vanilla cookie flavour develops in the finish, in addition to the fruit notes. Yum!

I manage to pull another decent steep from the leaves. Following a 3 and a half minute long brew, the cup is now more grassy and vegetal. The sweet pear notes of the aftertaste are still going strong however. The tea has also become a little rougher in feel. As it cools the tea becomes increasingly mineral and almost bitter in taste so I decide to call it a day.

Clean, refreshing and easy to drink, I could see myself stocking up on this tea in the future. The balance between sweet and savoury vegetal notes is impressive. The fruity notes of the finish are also quite delicious. Currently on sale at the time of writing, this tea is very reasonably priced for an organic, high quality leaf. Definitely recommended!

— 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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