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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 Kalej Valley

    Darjeeling Kalej Valley

    Extra tippy leaves which yield a light first flush character with a delightful flowery cup. Kalej Valley Tea Estate is located in the East Valley of Darjeeling at an altitude ranging from 1065mts to 1970mts. Learn More
    £6.00 per 100g

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  2. 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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  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 Moondrops

    Darjeeling Puttabong Moondrops

    This small lot of 16kgs was made for us using bushes grown from a special clone in a tiny portion of this distinguished garden. Its exceptionally complex flavour reminding me of blackcurrant bushes, mango, stewed apricot and muscatel wine, with a mild almond, cashew like fragrance. It is complemented by the beautiful hand twisted leaf. The second of just the two completely handmade teas of the year, of which we have both. This estate overlooks the mighty Kanchenjunga at 7000ft. Learn More
    £29.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  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 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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  9. 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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