TEA SEASON: FIRST FLUSH 2016
CERTIFIED ORGANIC - Organic Tea
Arya Diamond tea, a "jewel" among the jewels Arya produces each season each year. Made from pure AV2 cultivar or tea bush, it is plucked from its highest section where the tea leaves grow at a very controlled environment. This leads to slow and "juicy" growth. First round plucking of every season is dedicated in making Diamond and slowly with the second round of AV2 plucking, Ruby is made. Arya Diamond Darjeeling is Arya's most prized produce and highly sought after. Since, Arya has a limited number of AV2 clonal tea bushes, which is the case with most of the Darjeeling Tea estates, Arya Diamond tea is made in very limited quantities. And mostly on demand only. For us we buy 50-100 kgs each season plus additional bulk orders for our wholesale clients.
Hailstorm destroyed Arya Tea Estate Crop
This 2016 First Flush, this is the one and only Arya Diamond tea Arya Tea Estate could produce. There was a major hailstorm in Darjeeling and 100% of Arya's crop was destroyed. You may be wondering how we got the Arya Diamond then? Each year we place an advance order and the first plucking of their AV2 clonal bushes is reserved for us. This year too they had made about 100 kgs for us before the hailstorm occurred. They had an advance order of 50+ kg from Germany as well. Their tea wasn't made yet. So this year, our Diamond share got split up. Mr. Roy the manager requested that they had promised the German buyers as they had promised us, but couldn't fulfil due to the hailstorm. How could I say no? As a result, we couldn't get our whole share. Meaning, the Arya Dimond tea we have are extremely limited and the only batch that was made by Arya. Since its made from the finest first plucking, the quality is super and is one of the best First Flush teas Darjeeling has produced this year. If you have ordered, feel lucky that the extremely limited divine brew is in your cup.
Arya Diamond Tea Dry Leaves:
The dry tea leaves of Arya Diamond share such an attractive appearance. It has brownish/chocolaty tinge with a mix of lighter and darker shades of browns as is reminiscent in a Arya Diamond, which ever flush. The tea leaves are very longish this 2016 First Flush, well rolled and twisted. There is tremendous amount of silver and golden buds or tips and the process seems to have been handled with utmost care to retain the structure. All tea leaves are clad in downy silver and golden hairs giving it a very attractive bloom. The overall fragrance gave us a burst of ripe oranges when we opened the pack with a complex mixture of floral and nutty characteristics. Slight hint of chocolate-like, also caramellic can be found in the essence of the dry tea leaves of this Arya Tea. The light greenish appearance imparted this time made us add "Spring" in front of the Diamond (which was of course in consultation with the Arya Tea Estate and its manager) - Its because most of the Darjeeling First Flush or Spring teas are greenish in color.
Arya Diamond Infusion or Wet Tea Leaves:
This First Flush Darjeeling Spring Diamond contains full two leaves and a bud which is visible. It becomes more prominent in the form of infused tea leaves which then regains its original form. Its an overall brownish infusion with hits of lighter and darker shades. The prominent browns are mostly infused silver and golden tips/buds. It has a very sweet and minty note with slight mixed up tones of flowery, fruity and nutty characteristics. A very bright infusion, depicting a marvelous liqor to come in the cup.
Arya Diamond Darjeeling Cup or Liqor:
Arya Spring Diamond Darjeeling produces a little darker cup than the classic clonals. The cup is a marvel as it is quite unique having some light astringency along the sides of the tongue, yet fills the mouth with light buttery notes. It has caramellic notes, minty and sweet simultaneously. It is fruity like the orange and slightly lemony resembling citrus. After you have tasted this First Flush tea, don't have anything - after sometime you will get a hint of sweetness accompanied by minty flavors arising in the mouth as a prolonged aftertaste.
This is one organic tea from Arya Tea Estate which we think comes in the top 10 category of Darjeeling Teas produced this 2016 Darjeeling First Flush season! Just don't miss it and experience the divine. Once this tea is gone, it will be gone forever. We also don't know if Arya can produce the exact tea during next year's First Flush because no tea can be replicated exactly. There is always a slight difference in characteristics. One of our favorite teas this First Flush season. Also sad for Arya Tea Estate for losing their entire First Flush crop. Now Arya has completely stopped production and will only start from coming Second Flush 2016.