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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 Pussimbing Supreme 'Summer Haze'

    Darjeeling Summer Haze

    A late summer tea from the Badamtam garden. It has a mellow, smooth, sweet tasting liquor that is full in the mouth and has a strong body. It has a typical nutty character found in second flush Darjeeling. Learn More
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  2. arjeeling Puttabong Eagle's Hide Muscatel

    Darjeeling Eagle's Hide

    With all the complexity of the finest second flush character and an almost rose scented quality to the prominent spicy 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
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  3. Darjeeling Muscatel Dream

    Darjeeling Muscatel Dream

    The complex flavour runs the range from honey to soft fruits to rose and camellia and the rich, nectar-like 'Muscatel' character so sought after in Darjeeling teas from the summer crop. This is from the Mim garden and is one of the top 'muscatel' teas of the year. Learn More

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  4. 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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  5. 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. Its strength is balanced by its light, flowery taste. Learn More
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  6. Darjeeling Jungpana 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. This blends the finest teas from Mim and Margaret's Hope gardens. Learn More

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  7. Darjeeling Goomtee 'Pride'

    Darjeeling Himalayan Pride

    A delicious early second flush tea with a freshness, normally found in first flush Darjeeling, and a 'Muscatel' perfume and flavour. The complex flavour runs the range from honey to soft fruits to rose and camellia, and green apples. It is smooth and light bodied with a pale orange infusion. Learn More
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