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First Flush Darjeeling Tea

First Flush Darjeeling Tea

First flush teas, which are plucked between March and May, have a flowery character giving a refreshing cup with a complex flavour and beautiful floral aroma that in the finest qualities has a fragrance of fresh blackcurrants on the bush. It is a distinctive and rare character that belongs exclusively to the best of the new season invoices. The new shoots in this tea have a satin silvery grey appearance. The deceptively light colour from lime yellow to copper belies the intense, powerful flavour and stimulating infusion that shows great variety from garden to garden. It makes a delightful afternoon tea. Amongst this selection you will find some of the best tea from anywhere in the world. Oddly, the better these teas are the more difficult they are to brew! I recommend the use of an infuser or infuser teapot to take the leaves out at two minutes infusion time. This preserves the desired bright, lively character and pleasant astringency. Too long and these teas can really bite back. The more intense types benefit from using just off the boil water too. They are best appreciated without milk although a longer brewing time will yield sufficient colour to take a splash. If you want to enjoy it Indian style try it with a lump of sugar.

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  1. Darjeeling Bannockburn Supreme

    Darjeeling Bannockburn Supreme

    Bannockburn is one of the oldest gardens in Darjeeling and is an organic garden. The silver tipped leaves yield a fragrant cup with subtle hints of muscatel and walnut. The garden is found in the West Valley of Darjeeling. Bannockburn Garden was founded in 1860 and is renowned for producing teas of a consistently high quality.

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    £22.00 per 100g As low as: £6.50

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  2. Darjeeling Liza Hill Silver Blossom

    Darjeeling Liza Hill Silver Blossom

    Silver Blossom is a speciality of the Liza Hill division of the Risheehat garden. It is a smooth, silky tea with great green spring freshness. It is light in colour but offers up a flavoursome, delicate flowery tea in both taste and aroma. Learn More
    £7.00 per 100g

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  3. Darjeeling Turzum Mountain Mystic DJ3

    Darjeeling Turzum Mountain Mystic DJ3

    In my opinion the best garden in Darjeeling, with their second flush 'Muscatel Dream' among the best teas in the world. The fresh, grapefruit like zesty aroma is balanced with muscatel grape and hint of something almost cinnamon like. The pale yellow yet rich liquor sits like a satisfying white wine on the tongue, with a layered palette of exotic fruit flavours, such as guava and nectarine and with the characteristic First Flush oil of wintergreen freshness. Learn More
    £28.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  4. Darjeeling Balasun Classic

    Darjeeling Balasun Classic

    Balasun is located in the North Kurseong Valley. A good leaf appearance with silvery tips yielding a bright amber cup which is highly aromatic with a flowery bouquet. The cup has a sparkling quality and spicy, muscatel notes.

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    £8.00 per 100g

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  5. Darjeeling Chamong

    Darjeeling Chamong

    Chamong Tea Estate is located in the Rungbong Valley of Darjeeling at an altitude ranging from 1550 to 2360 m. It is a bio-dynamic garden producing teas of great note in first and second flush. This example is a fresh, lively infusion with smooth, fruit notes and aroma. Chamong grows more than 96% pure China leaf. If you want to experience something very special from this garden try a sample packet of Peach Mist. Learn More
    £8.00 per 100g

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  6. Darjeeling Phoobsering Supreme DJ1

    Darjeeling Phoobsering Supreme DJ1

    The title 'Supreme' is reserved for the rare examples from a few of Darjeeling's gardens that capture an ever more elusive character. This wonderful example is lemony in colour and yields a light, refreshing infusion with a gentle bite. It is picked from slow growing bushes growing at altitudes up to 8000ft above sea level which is a crucial part, along with impeccable manufacturing, in creating a tea full of nuances. Its fragrance of fresh green apples and blackcurrant blossom is finely balanced by the soft liquor reminiscent of apricots. Learn More
    £12.00 per 100g As low as: £8.25

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  7. Darjeeling Margaret's Hope Euphoria

    Darjeeling Margaret's Hope Euphoria

    A flavoursome tea with hints of flowers, green almonds and even subtle 'Muscatel' notes. Margaret's Hope is one of the oldest and most famous of Darjeeling's tea gardens of Darjeeling and is managed by one of the most knowledgeable of tea people, J.D. Rai. He is known as the man with the Midas touch, not only rescuing the famous Castleton Garden but being instrumental in growing the famous batch of tea that made the record sale at auction. Learn More
    £13.00 per 100g As low as: £8.25

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  8. Darjeeling Glenburn Supreme DJ3

    Darjeeling Glenburn Supreme DJ3

    he liquor is light and clear, fresh green on the palate with notes of citrus and peach. Glenburn was started by a Scottish tea company in 1860, and has now passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families – The Prakashes, who have over the years come to be known as the “Chaiwala family” – which literally means “tea planters”. The story of the Chaiwala family began over 100 years ago, and is closely entwined with that of tea plantations in India. Now, the third & fourth generation Prakash family, carry almost a century of tea knowledge in their inheritance. Glenburn is a part of the Ethical Tea Partnership. Learn More
    £18.00 per 100g As low as: £8.25

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  9. Darjeeling Singbulli 'Silk' DJ1

    Darjeeling Singbulli 'Silk' DJ1

    This is the one of the best First Flush teas of the season, particularly in the Chinese leaf category. It was from an early invoice of the year and not even knowing what may have come later in the season, I knew I was unlikely to taste anything better. As good, perhaps, but not better. As things turned out I was right, so I am glad I made the early commitment to buy it! It is a beautifully prepared leaf with lots of silvery, silky buds in the mix. The infusion is a lovely, bright yellow with a fresh aroma. The flavour and aroma is a complex one that carries hints of herbal and flowery characteristics. Learn More
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