Darjeeling 2017

2016 Darjeeling First Flush

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.

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Glenburn White Moonshine First Flush Darjeeling - 2017 Harvest

Glenburn White Moonshine First Flush Darjeeling - 2017 HarvestFrom:  £24.95

This 2017 First Flush Darjeeling is nothing short of perfection. The almost ethereal and gentle flavour entices the palate in one of the most captivating tea experiences imaginable. A truly exceptional tea.

Jungpana First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - 2017 Harvest

Jungpana First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - 2017 HarvestFrom:  £17.95

The spectacular natural environment surrounding the Jungpana garden, results in an extraordinary First Flush Darjeeling tea, which imparts a crisp muscatel flavour with delicately sweet and fruity notes.

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling - 2017 Harvest

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling - 2017 HarvestFrom:  £17.95

One of the oldest and finest gardens in Darjeeling, Margaret’s Hope produces some of the most outstanding teas in the world. This 2017 First Flush tea imparts a stunning subtly sweet flavour with a touch of astringency.

Makaibari First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - 2017 Harvest

Makaibari First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - 2017 HarvestFrom:  £15.95

Following the mantra ‘Healthy Soil, Healthy Life’, the family-owned Makaibari garden lives in harmony with the surrounding rainforest. This tea imparts a balanced muscatel flavour with sweet notes.

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling - No.28 - 2016 Harvest

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling - No.28 - 2016 HarvestFrom:  £11.45

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This sublime 2016 spring flush Darjeeling boasts a deeply rich and full-bodied aroma accented by stunning hints of muscatel. With an intensely clear amber liquor, this is a truly exceptional tea to enjoy at any time of the day.

 

Jungpana  First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - No.30 - 2016 Harvest

Jungpana First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - No.30 - 2016 HarvestFrom:  £13.95

This is a signature 2016 spring flush black tea from one of the globally hailed Jungpana estates of Darjeeling. Jungpana First Flush Darjeeling Tea is a superior FTGFOP grade. Produces a delicate and bright liquor, with a bold but balanced astringency.

Makaibari First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - 2016 Harvest

Makaibari First Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling - 2016 HarvestFrom:  £11.95

The exquisite soft and aromatic leaves of our revered first flush Darjeeling tea are plucked immediately after winter when the plants are bursting with succulent flavour. Harvested from one of the oldest tea estates of Darjeeling, the leaf infuses to a gleaming, golden-yellow liquor with a smooth and subtle structure.

Niroula's Pine Oak Smoky First Flush Darjeeling - 2016 Harvest

Niroula's Pine Oak Smoky First Flush Darjeeling - 2016 HarvestFrom:  £8.95

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This unique Pine smoked Darjeeling comes from Niroula’s Tea Farm, a micro tea processing unit of organic Darjeeling tea initiated to deliver quality and healthy orthodox tea to tea lovers. Produces a bright amber liquor with smoky aroma.

 

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