2014 Organic Arya Ruby Darjeeling First Flush from Happy Earth Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

This Arya Ruby is finely crafted with its signature fragrance deep and rich in complexity that will cheer a Darjeeling enthusiast.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:  

Sweet!  That’s the first thing that I thought when I took my first sip of this tea:  this is beautifully sweet!

The dry leaf is appealing to me with the varying shades of green, brown and silver.  These leaves produce a coppery colored cup with a pleasant fruity note that evokes thoughts of grape.  I could also pick up on some floral tones in there.

My first sip, I was really blown away with how sweet it tasted.  I could taste notes of raisin (not always something I notice in a first flush Darjeeling) and peach.  I’m tasting some of that sugary sweetness that I would taste with a dried fruit with hints of a grape-y like flavor.  The peach is much more apparent to me, with mere hints of grape-like flavor, but I’m definitely tasting the sugary sweetness which leads me to think “raisin” rather than “grape.”

I taste floral notes that have been softened by the sweetness of this tea.  As I near the bottom of the cup, the floral notes begin to emerge stronger than at the start.

But what really surprised me is that lovely hint of chocolate that I started to notice at about mid-cup.  There were these really rich, decadent, smooth flavors developing:  somewhat caramel-y with notes of chocolate!  Love!  There’s a delightful smoothness to this cup with very little astringency.

Yet another amazing Darjeeling from Happy Earth Tea.  If you’re a fan of Darjeeling, you really can’t go wrong with the teas that Happy Earth Tea offers.  It’s a great company that is socially and environmentally responsible, and I really appreciate that.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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