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The Mark (Darjeeling First Flush, 2016)

$ 60.00 $ 45.00 -67%

Description

Darjeeling, Arya Spring Diamond Organic, 2015 First Flush

  • 1.5 oz., sold in a black tea caddy, or .75 oz. sold in a copper bag
  • Category: Black 
  • Grown: India, Darjeeling, Arya Estate
  • Organically grown

Behind the Name

American author Mark Twain both helped to create and popularize the genre now known as American Literature.  We named our Darjeeling Spring Diamond First Flush after him both to honor his work, and because we like to think he would have enjoyed it.  In fact, the only video footage we have of Mark is him drinking tea with his daughters.  Often referred to as the champagne of teas, this high-altitude, slow-growth first flush (or first harvest) is eagerly awaited each spring.  Our Darjeeling is grown biodynamically and organically on a the Arya Estate, which is devoted to sustainability.  In the cup, this tea has citrus and chocolate with floral and nut overtones.  We hope you enjoy it while pondering this Mark Twain quote: “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and they day you find out why.” 

Tea Sommelier's Notes

From the foothills of the Himalayas comes this limited quantity artisan tea. Harvested by hand from the prized AV2 cultivar, these buds bloom in Darjeeling, long known for producing the “champagnes” of black tea.  High-altitude, slow-growth first flush concentrates flavor and aroma. (See The Georgia [White] for another limited edition tea from this source.)

In the cup:
Longer than normal Darjeeling first-flush leaves, Arya Spring Diamond unfurls to reveal its full potential. Its rich aroma harkens to citrus and chocolate, with floral and nut overtones. A beautiful tea in the cup and on your palate.

In the mood:
Tannins in black teas—and this tea in particular—make pairing with strong flavors possible. Tagines, red meats, salamis, quiches: all pair exceptionally well. Darjeeling with your next antipasti? Or with a flourless chocolate torte? You might be surprised. (Stronger brewing recommend when pairing with strong flavored savory dishes)

In the know: 
Fully certified biodynamically and organically grown, the Arya Estate is a small tea garden first established in the 16
th Century by Buddhist monks, and developed the first private hydro-power generator in Asia. This estate has remained dedicated to sustainability and to producing superior artisan teas.

In the brewing vessel:
Ratio: 1 Tbsp. to 8 oz. water. Temperature 200-205 F (93 C): Sting of Pearls. (Please see “Five Stages of Bringing Water to a Boil.”) Steep no longer than 3 minutes. Consider a removable infuser in your pot or ceramic cup. These leaves need room to open.  Increase brewing time and/or amount of tea for a stronger brew to pair with the above mentioned savory dishes. 
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