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Snowview - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

2021 First Flush

Snowview - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

Indian Black Tea

A stunning single-origin tea from the Himalayan foothills, Snowview 2021 First Flush is light and floral with the muscatel qualities Darjeeling is famed for.

From: Teesta Valley, Darjeeling District, India

LOOSE LEAF TEA
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Christmas Delivery Schedule

UK Delivery

UK Standard Delivery via Royal Mail - 17th December 2021

UK Tracked Delivery via DPD - 21st December 2021

UK Next Day Delivery - 22nd December 2021

 

EU & Rest of the World

Standard / Economy - This might not arrive before Christmas.

Tracked - 17th December 2021

 

*We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

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£2.50, Free - over £25

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2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

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Standard

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

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Rest of the World

 

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Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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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.

Read more about our Snowview 2021 Darjeeling First Flush

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.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


The tea offers a sweet tropical fruits and floral aroma and light-yellow infusion. A light cup that resembles a white tea with notes of pear, apricot and honey and muscatel mouthfeel.

Region


Darjeeling is the northernmost district in West Bengal, Eastern India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bordered by Nepal in the West, Sikkim state to the North, and Bangladesh on the South-eastern boundary. The eponymous city, 2,100m above sea level, is located on a long, narrow mountain ridge of the Lesser Himalayas.

Learn more about the Darjeeling Region of India

On a clear day, the city offers unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest mountain), and Mount Everest can also be seen from nearby Tiger Hill, which itself sits at 2,590m above sea level. The highest peaks in the district are part of the Singalila Ridge and reach 3,600m. Depending on the elevation, the climate is either Humid Subtropical (CFA) in the lower areas, or Subtropical Highland (Cwb) on the higher hills, with a Tundra climate (ET) on the higher mountains, and numerous microclimates along the steep relief.

The city itself enjoys a mild and temperate climate (Cwb), with average lows of 10°C in the winter, and average highs of 21°C in the summer. The summers are wet and overcast with high precipitation from May until September; and the winters are mild and clear. Winds are generally low throughout the year. The land between 1,000m and 2,000m is mostly used for cultivation: principally tea, but also rice, corn, wheat and cardamom. The slopes above 2,000m are covered in forests, with a mixture of semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine trees. The forest around the city of Darjeeling is home to rare, protected orchids.

The reserve forests are also home to small Indian civets, mongooses, badgers, as well as a conservation centre for the elusive and endangered red pandas. Teas from such altitudes are considered high-grown. Considering that Darjeeling is only 280 miles from Assam, it is remarkable that the two regions produce vastly different teas.

As well as climatic and topographic differences, soil quality varies. Whilst Assam is considered very fertile, Darjeeling soil is loose and poorly consolidated, with risks of landslides. But the steep slopes ensure efficient drainage, and the misty, wet summers with limited direct sunlight are ideal for the cultivation of the Camellia sinensis sinensis. The mild, dry winters also encourage a period of dormancy, so the new Spring leaves can burst with flavours (First Flush harvest).

How to brew

2g - 3g

2g - 3g

80°C

80°C

200ml

200ml

2 - 3mins

2 - 3mins

Snowview - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

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