Leaf Type: Black (Darjeeling)
Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea
This Arya Ruby is finely crafted with its signature fragrance deep and rich in complexity that will cheer a Darjeeling enthusiast.
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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.