ARYA "SIDRAPONG TARA" - EX 39
TEA SEASON: DARJEELING SECOND FLUSH 2015
Arya Tea Estate is a very scenic tea estate with lots of history entwined. There line of jewels have always pleased us and we are a fan of all of their teas. In the month of early June, 2015, we were invited to attend a "puja" offered to the Gods for the new building or rest house Arya had built. While having tea, Mr. Roy and we were talking about the hydel project which lies at the bottom of Arya Tea Estate. Though not operational now, its of great historical significance to Darjeeling and in fact the whole of India because it was the first hydel power station in India established on Nov 10, 1897 and also reportedly the first in Asia as well. Govt. of India declared Sidrapong Hydro Power Station as a 'HERITAGE POWER STATION' of India on the eve of its centenary. Mr. Roy and we decided that we dedicate at least one quality Arya tea to this Arya's Power station and honor it - hence, Mr. Roy harnessed all his creativity and came out with an excellent variety of AV2 clonal and we collectively named it "Sidrapong Tara" meaning A Star of Darjeeling and infact the whole of India. Its a lovely clonal variety in line with the quality of the line of jewel teas Arya produces. We proudly offer you "Sidrapong Tara" available only with us and in limited quantity.
Sidrapong hydro-electric Power Station, First in India at Arya Tea Estate.
ARYA "SIDRAPONG TARA" Dry Leaves:
Tea people who have already tasted this tea have fallen in love with it. This 2015 Darjeeling Second Flush Arya "Sidrapong Tara" is no different in terms of high and exclusive quality with the dry tea leaves being bold, well rolled and twisted having an elongated look somewhat wiry in nature. It has an overall chocolate brown appearance with abundance of slender silver and golden tips showing signs of high quality manufacture with the preservation of good look and flavor. It is very sweet in nature with an overwhelming warm chocolate like aroma. The caramelic aroma comes packed with other complex fruity notes which results in a pleasing aroma that fills the mind with warmth and a longing for this tea. The nutty characteristics cannot be avoided here. This is a perfect example of a high quality and delicious 2015 Darjeeling Second Flush tea.
ARYA "SIDRAPONG TARA" Infusion or Wet Leaves:
It has an overall coppery infusion, visible in the photo below which seems even in nature. The mixture of light and dark brown leaves are bright with an inherent character of a rich smell that is highly complex, leading more towards fruity and nutty characteristics. It is also accompanied by a small degree of sweetness attached to it.
ARYA "SIDRAPONG TARA" Cup or Liqour:
It has a full bodied cup leaning more towards a reddish tinge. It has a marvelous and prominent brisk or lively taste. The cup tends towards reddish-orange color which can be tagged as coppery. Brewing this for a complete 5 minutes time can make this cup a bit bitter; try brewing for 3 minutes and try it. Of course you can try different time settings. It has mild biscuity taste with exceptional quality flavor or undertones of caramel, fruits and nuts. It is full bodied and mellow. Each sip is a connoisseurs delight!
One of the most popular Tea estate in both First and Second Flush, this special and exclusive variety of Darjeeling Tea from Arya compares well with its other line of jewels Arya produces each season, every year. One Darjeeling tea every tea connoisseur should try and know what its worth!