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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 Tukvar Moondrops

    Darjeeling Tukvar 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
    £14.00 per 100g

    Earn 14 loyalty points.

  2. 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
    £13.00 per 100g As low as: £1.50

    Earn 13 loyalty points.

  3. Darjeeling Singbulli Silk

    Darjeeling Singbulli Silk

    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
    £11.00 per 100g As low as: £4.25

    Earn 11 loyalty points.

  4. Darjeeling Tiger Hill

    Darjeeling Tiger Hill

    Extra tippy leaves which yield a light first flush character with a delightful flowery cup. Blended to taste like a Kalej valley type first flush. Learn More
    £6.00 per 100g

    Earn 6 loyalty points.

  5. Darjeeling Puttabong Silver Sun DJ 4

    Darjeeling Puttabong Silver Sun DJ 4

    This is the second of just the two completely handmade teas of the season, of which we have both. 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
    £20.00 per 100g As low as: £6.50

    Earn 20 loyalty points.

  6. Darjeeling Emerald Heart

    Darjeeling Emerald Heart

    The silver tipped leaves yield a fragrant cup with subtle hints of muscatel and walnut. Blended to create a Bannockburn garden type character. Learn More
    £22.00 per 100g As low as: £6.50

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  7. 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

    Earn 7 loyalty points.

  8. Darjeeling Balasun Wild River

    Darjeeling Balasun Wild River

    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. Learn More
    £8.00 per 100g

    Earn 8 loyalty points.

  9. Darjeeling Whistling Bird

    Darjeeling Whistling Bird

    A blend of the finest Darjeeling first flush teas, taking advantage of the exquisite but very highly priced first invoices and the more modestly priced teas available when the excitement of the new season has calmed down. The best of both worlds. This example is a fresh, lively infusion with smooth, fruit notes and aroma. Blended to replicate teas from the Chamong first flush. Learn More
    £8.00 per 100g

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