REVIEW: Golden Tips Tea – 2014 Arya Ruby Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush (Organic)


Tea and origin: First flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling tea from the Arya Tea Estate, India
Harvest date: 10 April 2014
Twitter: @GoldenTipsTea
Facebook: Golden Tips Teas India
Link to Arya Ruby

This is my first review of a tea sold at Golden Tips –  a Kolkata-based family-run business that has been selling tea since 1933. Golden Tips stocks an extensive selection of teas from Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Sikkim, Dooars and Nepal.

Today I am starting with one of their Darjeeling teas, as they has a particularly impressive collection of Darjeelings, and it seems to be one of their specialities. Read on to see what I think about their Arya Ruby.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of broken and full leaves that range in colour from black to brown to light green. It has a crisp, florally aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark golden liquor that has a light florally aroma. It is a light bodied tea that has a silky mouthfeel and a moderate amount of astringency. The flavour of the liquor is florally and flowery. It has a crisp finish and a lingering floral aftertaste

Infusion tips: To make this tea, I used three grams of tea with 200ml of water at 90C. I infused the tea two minutes for the first infusion and two and half minutes for the second. The tea is a bit fussy with water temperature and infusion time: too hot of water and too long infusion time pulls out lots of astringency and stifles the floral notes

Conclusions: Drinking this tea made me very excited about the first flush Darjeelings that will be harvested in a few months. I am a big fan of first flushes, and this Ruby Arya has the floral aroma and flavour that I love. The liquor of this tea surprised me for two reasons: 1) despite it cupping out quite dark, the tea is rather light in body and flavour; 2) it has a silky mouthfeel that really adds to the drinking experience. I can see how its light body might not appeal to many second flush lovers, but its delicate aroma and flavour has to be admired

Retail price: 10 grams for $5.50 / 25 grams for $15.00 / 100 grams for $40.00


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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