Saturday Morning Tea on Sunday


Most Darjeeling lovers are familiar with Darjeeling tea as a black tea. However, some tea gardens produce at least one green tea from the harvest season. Pictured above, the dried leaves of Arya estate Emerald green tea are very dark green in color and long and twisted in shape.

Located high in the Himalayan mountains of northeastern India, record has it that the Arya tea estate was started by a team of Buddhist monks who carefully developed their tea plants from Chinese seeds. They practiced Aruyvedic medicine and their original house may still be found on the grounds of the estate. All teas from this estate are organically produced.


I steeped the leaves in 160 degree F water for 3 minutes and they opened up to reveal a large olive green leaf. The pale liquor has a fresh, delicately vegetal aroma and notes of pear and fresh fruit. The lingering finish is quite smooth. A delightful cup!

4 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea on Sunday

  1. Acey says:

    loved catching up with your blog after a week offline. Always get the most peaceful and fulfilling sense from visiting here. It’s really lovely…

  2. artandtea says:

    Thank you so much! I really enjoy reading your blog, too!


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