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Arya Emerald Darjeeling Green Tea from Happy Earth Tea

Arya Emerald Darjeeling Green Tea from Happy Earth Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

A good value green tea from Arya Tea Estate which is known for its high quality of produce. This tea bears the rich satisfying flavor of Darjeeling; nothing like the bitter green teas out there.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When I think “Darjeeling” – whether it is a black, or a green, or even a white or Oolong Darjeeling – one word comes to mind … MUSCATEL!  I love that sweet, wine-y, grape-y, slightly woodsy, earthy note that is so uniquely muscatel.

So, when I come across a Darjeeling – again, no matter what type of leaf it may be – I find myself expecting a muscatel tone to the flavor profile.  And when I don’t experience muscatel, I am a little disappointed.

And so it is with this tea.

The truth is, not all Darjeeling teas possess that muscatel note.  There are some very delicious Darjeeling teas that do not.  I shouldn’t expect muscatel from every Darjeeling and I shouldn’t be disappointed by a Darjeeling that doesn’t offer that flavor.  But, I love muscatel, so I can’t help but want it whenever I come across a Darjeeling.

This is NOT a bad green Darjeeling, not at all!  In fact, it’s really quite lovely.  But, it does not have the muscatel tone that I desired, either.  This is much more reminiscent of a Dragon Well or perhaps even a buttery Chinese Sencha.  It tastes much more like a Chinese green tea than an Indian green tea, although I must admit that my experience with Indian green teas is a bit more limited than with Chinese.

This is tasty, very much so.  It is sweet, it has a creamy texture to it, very smooth and there is very little astringency.  Absolutely no bitterness.  Hints of grass and vegetative tones, and I even taste a slight fruitiness to this … citrus-y with a hint of peach.  It’s a very pleasant tea to sip.

There’s just no muscatel.

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