First Flush 2017 Darjeeling Teas
The eagerly anticipated 2017 First Flush Darjeeling teas have arrived.
Darjeeling teas are amongst the most revered teas in the world. The small district, which is located in the foothills of the Himalayas in north-eastern India, produces exclusive black teas with a distinctive flavour of muscatel. First Flush Darjeeling teas are referred to as the ‘Champagne of Teas’ and their introduction constitutes the most anticipated event in the annual tea calendar.
Following the cool winter months in the mountainous district, tea buds burst out at the first sign of spring sunshine. The early spring buds impart natural floral aromas and fruity notes, which beautifully complement the famed muscatel flavour of Darjeeling teas.
Our 2017 First Flush Darjeeling teas are categorised as black teas. However, the spring buds go through a process which is similar to the treatment of green tea. In order to preserve and nurture the natural flavours of the Camellia Sinensis plant, the tender First Flush buds go through minimal oxidisation following a gentle roll of the leaves. This results in a very aromatic liquor, which is light in colour, and can be enjoyed without any milk or sweeteners.
After vigorously taste-testing a selection of this year’s offer from the region, we have selected three exquisite early-spring teas from the three renowned gardens, ‘Jungpana’, ‘Margaret's Hope’ and ‘Makaibari’. We have partnered with these gardens several years in a row and continue to be impressed by the outstanding quality of their teas. The three estates have been creating superior quality teas for the over 100 years, and remain exceedingly popular amongst Darjeeling tea-lovers all over the world. Additionally, we have introduced a sublime white tea from the famed Glenburn garden.
We offer our 2017 Darjeeling First Flush selection in 50g re-sealable pouches, 100g caddies or 250g catering packs. These exclusive teas come in limited quantity and will be available while stocks last.
Want to learn more about Darjeeling and the 2017 First Flush harvest?
Read our post in the Tea Journal: Darjeeling 2017 First Flush Tea.