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First Flush Darjeeling Tea

First Flush Darjeeling Tea | Imperial Teas

First flush teas from Darjeeling are amongst the most highly sought after in the world. The unique character of these early spring teas from the foothills of Himalayas makes them difficult to classify. They are barely oxidised so cannot truly be called black tea, although they share the same briskness and rich flavour. The infusion is as pale as a green tea or green oolong tea but is very different in flavour, so we cannot place them in that category either. Typically, the best qualities, which are the teas we deal in, have a fragrant, floral character, a refreshing, complex infusion and in the dry leaf an aroma reminiscent of fresh blackcurrants on the bush. 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 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. The first flush term refers to teas plucked from March to May in the gardens of Darjeeling. Each ‘invoice’ from the 80 or so gardens is unique and amounts to approximately just 90kgs. The teas we source are from gardens where sound social and environmental policies are in place. They belong to many associations including IMO, USDA Organic, India Organic, Ethical Tea Partnership, Fairtrade, UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance.
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  1. Darjeeling Liza Hill Silver Blossom

    Darjeeling Liza Hill Silver Blossom

    This late spring tea carries some of the early bud fragrances of elderflower and blackberry with just a hint of fresh, spring greens, mown grass and a touch of cinnamon.This smooth, silky tea with has a great green spring freshness. It is pale amber in colour and offers up a flavoursome, intense, flowery tea in both taste and aroma. Silver Blossom is a speciality of the Liza Hill division of the Risheehat garden. Learn More
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  2. Darjeeling Singbulli Silk

    Darjeeling First Flush 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
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  3. 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

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  4. 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
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  5. Darjeeling Sungma White Orchid

    Darjeeling Sungma White Orchid

    Sungma is situated in the Rung Bong Valley at altitudes up to 7000ft. This beautifully prepared tea is made from leaves picked at the peak of the First Flush season. It has a green-golden, shimmering infusion which is smooth, fruity with a very fine, flowery fragrance. The garden is 30kms to the south west of Darjeeling town. Learn More
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