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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 Muscatel Dream

    Darjeeling Muscatel Dream

    A delicious early second flush tea bursting with 'Muscatel' perfume and flavour from this famous garden's second flush. The complex flavour runs the range from honey to soft fruits to rose and camellia. It is smooth and light bodied with a pale orange infusion. Learn More

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  2. Darjeeling Summer Rose

    Darjeeling Summer Rose

    Simply the best second flush tea of the year. A 'muscatel' tea 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. Phuguri 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

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