Tea Type There are primarily 4 tea types i.e Black, Green, Oolong & White. Plucked and produced from the same tea plant Camellia Sinensis, each tea type is differentiated based on the level of fermentation/oxidation they go through during production.Black Tea
Grade Tea leaf grading is the process of evaluating products based on the quality and condition of the tea leaves. The highest grades are referred to as "orange pekoe" i.e SFTGFOP1, FTGFOP1, and the lowest as "fannings" or "dust".FTGFOP1
Date of Picking It refers to the date on which this tea was harvested from the tea plant and is not the date of packaging. Date of Packaging is the specific date on which the teas are finally packaged in our unit.2nd July, 2018
Invoice no Tea in Indian plantations specially Darjeeling & Assam are growin in batches which are referred to the invoice number. An invoice numbers enurses that the single estate tea is 100% pure and genuine. The invoice is awarded to every batch by the tea estate itself.EX 62
- CO2 Filtered Water
- 90-100 Degrees C
- 0.176 oz | 2 gm
- Steep Time
- 3-5 min
What are Single Estate Teas?
A single estate tea means that the tea has been sourced from one singular estate only and which has not been blended with other tea.
What is a Signature Blend?
Signature blends are the unique curations of a Master Blender. These blends are specially devised by blenders who go through several combinations and numerous rounds of tasting to curate a unique cup of tea with special flavor profile, aroma, and cup characteristics. Signature blends are trade secrets of the blenders and are mostly classified information.
What is a Tea blend?
Tea blending is the art of mixing a variety of teas together to curate a final blend. The blending of tea involves mixing fixed and measured proportions of various teas in order to get a final blend that has a signature taste, quality, character, and flavour. We look at tea blending as an art as it involves blending teas sourced from different regions and from different harvest seasons, but keeping the final blend's flavor profile a constant.
What is a 'Second Flush' Tea? Is it the same as a 'Summer Tea' ?
Yes, a 'Second-Flush' tea is also known as a 'Summer Tea' for the sole reason that the prime harvest period of the tea falls within the summer months of its place of origin.
What is a 'First Flush Tea'? Is a 'Spring Tea' same as 'First flush' tea?
Yes, a 'First-Flush' tea is also called a 'Spring Tea' as the prime harvest period for these teas falls within the spring months in its place of origin.
Where do you source your teas from?
We source our teas from over 150 renowned tea plantations and small individual farms in India. Within the country, we procure from 5 popular tea-producing regions, namely : Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri, Kangra, and Sikkim.
How are your teas packed?
After sourcing our teas directly from plantations within hours of harvest, we bring them to our state-of-the-art tea facility in New Delhi, India. The teas then go through rigorous rounds of cleaning, sorting, quality testing to remove any impurities/dust/foreign particles. Teas then pass through a final 10+ quality check points for leaf size, aroma, liquor, flavors etc. They are then vacuum-packaged in opaque aluminium-lined bags using sophisticated machinery. These vacuum-bags are then stored in a dehumidified, temperatuere-controlled warehouse which ensures that the teas remain garden-fresh and maintain their character. Upon recieving a consumer's order, we further pack the required quantity of tea in smaller vacuum-sealed packs which are boxed in the retail boxes and then sent over to our own delivery centres located in various parts of the world.
First time ordering from Vahdam.
Packaging- 5*. Well packaged and I received my order within 5 days.
The tea itself has a very pleasant/ smooth scent as soon as I opened the package. Almost a floral scent. Once brewed, the taste is very smooth without the typical bitterness after taste.
The leaf themselves are high quality full leafs. Not the leftover scrap some tea merchant would dry up in.
Overall very satisfied with my purchase.
Very good Darjeeling - my favourite. I drink it daily.
The first Arya Ruby I tried was in 2008 when I visited Darjeeling and bought a stash back home from a Nathmull shop. When it finished, it was a disaster until I found the supply online. My 2018 Second Flush arrived yesterday by DHL and I did a tea tasting with the other Arya Ruby Second Flush that I still have, earliest being 2012. I have tried the First Flush before but I did not like the lighter flowery taste. This 2018 Second Flush is fantastic and it beat the rest of the Arya Ruby Second Flush that I still have (one particular year was a little underwhelming). So I would highly recommend the Arya Ruby 2018 Second Flush, this is about the best you can get. I do like the Jungpana too but I am more familiar with Arya Ruby and probably cannot live without it.
I had never found a black tea so sublime as this one: it’s strong with a floral aftertaste , it’s delicate but most of all, it tastes fresh like it was picked and roasted yesterday. I will definitely be buying more and sharing it with my close friends.
Beautiful long leaves,ruby colour and a real full body without the slightest bitter note.A touch of decent sweetness and a never ending finish.Just overwhelming.