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Second Flush Darjeeling Tea

Second Flush Darjeeling Tea | Imperial Teas

The best of these teas are picked with the bushes in full sap during a short four week period in late June and early July. The famous "muscatel" character is truly in evidence then and the outstanding qualities have a wonderful appearance, rounded, fruity, mellow summer flavours and reddish infusion. They are highly aromatic with complex spicy notes. They are more full bodied than first flush teas but are still best enjoyed without milk and especially delicious with a lump of sugar in the Indian style. The two leaves and a bud are hand picked for the best tea which will release a flavour bursting with the summer sun and refreshing warm summer rains. This flavour is variously described as being reminiscent of muscatel grapes and with a fragrance like a rose garden in bloom or the sweet scent of peach skin. The real 'muscatel' character whilst hinted at in most second flush teas is truly overwhelming in some. The leaves are succulent with an almost purplish bloom and whitish buds. When infused the leaves have a lovely burnished copper hue. This flush produces some of the most remarkable teas in the world and I would recommend trying, at least once, one of our sample packs of the top of the range teas on offer.

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  1. Darjeeling Happy Valley

    Darjeeling Happy Valley

    A highly aromatic tea with a full bodied, shiny looking infusion. Happy Valley is the closest garden to Darjeeling Town and starts from an altitude of 6,300 feet! Owing to its high perch, the garden can fully utilise the mountain mist, which has a great effect on the pollen of the plants. It gives Darjeeling tea the aroma it is famous for. Learn More
    £7.50 per 100g

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  2. Darjeeling Ting Ling Summer Rose

    Darjeeling Ting Ling Summer Rose

    An 'oolong' style tea, which means part oxidised, to rival some of Taiwan's famous 'Oriental Beauty' teas. It has such a complex, astounding, rich, ripe fragrance that I'm afraid I cannot describe well enough to do it justice but I have noticed nuances of honey, vanilla, peach, orange, musk rose, nectarine, quince, lichee among many others. Ting Ling is a small part of the renowned Singbulli garden and grows the rare, but best clonal tea bush variety known as AV2. This clone produces the best tasting Darjeeling but will only grow in a small number of places there. Learn More
    £22.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  3. Darjeeling Goomtee Pride

    Darjeeling Goomtee Pride

    A mellow tea that offers up rich, ripe autumn fruit notes and a dash of the nectar-like 'Muscatel' character so sought after in Darjeeling teas from the summer crop. Blended to taste like Goomtee summer teas. Learn More
    £9.50 per 100g

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  4. Darjeeling Leopard's Valley Muscatel

    Darjeeling Leopard's Valley Muscatel

    This rich liquoring infusion yields the classic 'muscatel' character with hints of almond or walnut depending on infusion time. The aroma has hints of peach and floral notes. All this and with a delightful honey finish. Blended to taste like the summer teas from Jungian and Turzum gardens.\ Learn More
    £10.00 per 100g As low as: £3.15

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  5. Darjeeling Avongrove

    Darjeeling Avongrove

    This is a really great tea and excellent value for money. It has a classic second flush character with warm, mellow fruit and flower tones but with a lovely, clear hint of 'Muscatel'. Learn More
    £8.70 per 100g

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  6. Darjeeling Risheehat Heavenly Muscatel

    Darjeeling Risheehat Heavenly Muscatel

    Elderflower, roses, tangerine, mandarin...just a few of the flavours and fragrances picked out by our discerning customers in this tantalising tea. Naturally, it is defined by its 'Muscatel' character but I think it is one of the few teas that is intriguingly different every time that you brew it. Learn More
    £12.00 per 100g

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  7. Darjeeling Puttabong Eagle's Hide Muscatel

    Darjeeling Puttabong Eagle's Hide Muscatel

    With all the complexity of the finest second flush character and an almost rose scented quality to the prominent muscat flavour, it is a tea to be relished. The leaves have a delightful appearance and show the care taken in production. These bushes grow at over 6000ft and the cold to temperate climate, shifting between fog and sunshine reduces the growing speed of the tea plants to guarantee an extremely high quality tea. Learn More
    £7.00 per 100g

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  8. Darjeeling Summer Haze

    Darjeeling Summer Haze

    An exclusive batch of Pussimbing garden's finest 'muscatel' summer tea. Full of the sun, this ripe tea is luscious in the mouth with a fragrant and refreshing character. Second flush doesn't get much better or more exclusive. It is another outstanding flavored tea. Pussimbing Tea Estate is located in the Darjeeling East Valley at an altitude ranging from 1770 metres to 2560 metres. Blended to create the style of Pussimbing Muscatel teas. Learn More
    £12.00 per 100g As low as: £9.50

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  9. Darjeeling Arya Muscatel

    Darjeeling Arya Muscatel

    Arya garden makes some of the best products amongst Darjeeling teas, with many being created by the Arya garden only recently. This classic 'muscatel' summer tea has a distinctive appearance in both leaf and infusion, which is unbelievably soft, smooth, deep and sweet. It is among the finest and most distinguished teas in the world. Arya means ‘respectable’ and ‘best’ as defined in the Indian language. Mr. Roy, the factory manager is in the enviable position of not having to sell his unique Arya products at auction selling them in private. Learn More
    £10.00 per 100g

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