The origins of our Snowview 2021 Darjeeling First Flush
Fluffy rolled green leaves with an abundance of silvery buds mark the single origin Snowview Darjeeling first flush as something special. Organically grown, this loose-leaf Indian tea from the Snowview tea estate of Kalimpongtal, Darjeeling, is a benchmark brew with a sweet fragrance of honey and pear that makes it perfect for mid-morning or afternoon drinking.
Light, sweet and floral, brewing the loose leaf from this micro-batch tea offers a light golden cup with hints of vanilla and the distinctive muscatel undertones that Darjeeling is famed for. This tea is best enjoyed as a mid-morning or afternoon tea and can even be cold brewed for an ultra-refreshing pick-you-up.
Snowview 2021 Darjeeling First Flush is perfect on its own, so we do not recommend adding milk with this tea, although a small squeeze of lemon and a drop of honey may enhance its flavour. Serving it straight up has the advantage of making it a vegan tea and with zero calories, adding to its health benefits. Darjeeling is a black tea that studies show may help reduce blood sugar levels to cancer risk, thanks to its high concentration of polyphenol plant compounds.
In recent years, Snowview Tea Co has built a reputation for consistently producing stunning spring teas. Located in the Kalimpong district of Darjeeling at an elevation of 1,300m, Snowview has been an organic tea garden since 2007. Surrounded by natural beauty and with views across to the high peaks of the Himalayas, the award-winning estate prides itself on producing some of the finest orthodox teas in the Darjeeling district – just like this mellow beauty.
Suggestions from India's Darjeeling region
One of the most eagerly anticipated times of year on the Indian tea calendar is the spring release of the first flush Darjeelings. Our tea tasters have sourced some of the district's best for you to try. Exceptional examples of the 2021 season include Goomtee, Margaret's Hope, Selimbong and Upper Namring. You can compare these with a classic second flush Darjeeling from the Margaret's Hope Estate and the summer harvest. Happy sipping!
Can't decide which Darjeeling to try? Sample six of our 2021 Darjeeling first flush teas with a Discovery Pack. You can find out more about Darjeeling and what makes its flushes so special in our Tea Journal.