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Second Flush Darjeeling Tea

Second Flush Darjeeling Tea

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 Goomtee Pride

    Darjeeling Goomtee Pride

    A mellow tea from this great plantation 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. Learn More
    £9.50 per 100g

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  3. Darjeeling Turzum Muscatel Dream

    Darjeeling Turzum Muscatel Dream

    This top 'Muscatel' tea, so called for its resemblance to the fragrance of the wine, is created by the skilled manufacture of the select leaves, bitten by little insects. This causes the leaf to release an enzyme in order to repair itself, which imparts a delicious and distinctive flavour to the tea. It has a honey fragrance and warm spicy flavours that linger in the mouth and change with each sip. It is as close in complexity as Darjeeling has come to the famous Oriental Beauty teas of Taiwan. It is the best Darjeeling I have ever tasted. It is one of the most beautiful tea gardens in Darjeeling, facing the wide open Mirik valley on south and south western aspects with a mesmerizing view. Learn More
    £19.00 per 100g As low as: £7.50

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  4. Darjeeling Jungpana Muscatel

    Darjeeling Jungpana Muscatel

    Jungpana is a tiny, beautiful and renowned garden in the Mahanadi district close to the river. The garden is on a steep slope next to the fine Goomtee garden. It is incredibly remote and only accessible by foot which also plays a part in its scant supply. 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. Learn More
    £14.00 per 100g As low as: £7.15

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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 Castleton Divine Muscatel

    Darjeeling Castleton Divine Muscatel

    A delicious tea bursting with 'Muscatel' perfume and flavour from this famous garden's second flush. Castleton situated in the Kurseong Valley is one of the most revered gardens in Darjeeling and is bought at great prices by Japanese merchants for its name alone. Learn More
    £12.00 per 100g As low as: £7.15

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  7. 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
    £7.00 per 100g

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  8. Darjeeling Puttabong Kakra Muscatel

    Darjeeling Puttabong Kakra 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
    £12.00 per 100g

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  9. Darjeeling Pussimbing Summer Haze

    Darjeeling Pussimbing 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. Learn More

    £9.00 per 100g As low as: £6.50

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