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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 Tumsong Supreme

    Darjeeling Tumsong Supreme

    A garden situated in the Golden Top Valley producing excellent teas. Exceptionally complex flavour reminding one of blackcurrant bushes and muscatel wine, complemented by the beautiful hand twisted leaf. This estate overlooks the mighty Kanchenjunga. Learn More
    £15.00 per 100g As low as: £8.25

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  2. Darjeeling Singbulli Red Diamond

    Darjeeling Singbulli Red Diamond

    This unusual tea, which looks like a Second Flush (Summer) Darjeeling was actually picked privately for us during the first few days of the First Flush (Spring) season. I have been longing for a more oxidised First Flush tea, with current manufacture favouring the lighter, almost green character. With most high quality Darjeeling heading for Japan it is perhaps no surprise. The darker oxidation does something very different to the flavour, as can be compared with our Singbulli 'Silk' tea. The many toned brown leaves with silvery tips create a bright coppery infusion with a distinctive aroma of meadow flowers. Its taste is dominated by juicy white grape with a honey sweet finish. Learn More
    £25.00 per 100g

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  3. 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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  4. Darjeeling Puttabong Fully Handmade Tea DJ3

    Darjeeling Puttabong Fully Handmade Tea DJ3

    This tea has a golden-yellow infusion and is highly aromatic, even in the dry leaf state. It has a smooth, complex floral character with a fresh baked biscuit quality. The lively infusion sparkles and bursts with flavour in the mouth at once sweet, vanilla like and floral. Both fruit, particularly apple, and almond can be picked out. It has a mild astringency that leaves the tongue with a sweet aftertaste. All in all like a welcome burst of gentle Spring sunshine. Puttabong consistently produces the highest qualities with distinctive character. Learn More
    £29.00 per 100g As low as: £8.50

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Darjeeling Thurbo Supreme DJ2

    Darjeeling Thurbo Supreme DJ2

    This superb First Flush was made exclusively from the garden's 'Clonal' bushes for this private reserve. This is in contrast with the other three top Darjeeling teas, Castleton, Phuguri and Jungpana, which are made from 'China' type bushes. Clonal teas have a very distinctive fragrance which mingles floral notes with the fruity ones. Hints of linalool type plants, laurel, mints, rosewood, basil, lavender create a spicy effect when merging with the note of geranium. The infusion is rich for a First Flush tea with cooked fruit, apple and spice most noticeable. These hints are more pronounced when sugar is added, the way Darjeeling is drunk at source. Learn More
    £27.00 per 100g As low as: £8.25

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  8. 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
    £15.00 per 100g As low as: £8.25

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  9. 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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