The origins of our 2021 Upper Namring Darjeeling First Flush
This sweet, floral first flush loose leaf tea is from Upper Namring tea estate, one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling. Made from long, rolled leaves with an abundance of delicately rolled silvery buds and scatterings of vibrant green leaves, it's a single-origin Indian tea offering a beautiful floral aroma that echoes its floral and tropical fruit characters.
This tea is among the most sought-after first picks of the season from the early 2021 spring harvest of the revered Upper Namring estate. With a golden yellow infusion more like a white tea, this micro-batch beauty is nevertheless one of the best Indian black teas from the famed Darjeeling district, located in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal.
Upper Namring 2021 Darjeeling First Flush starts with floral characters, soon developing into sweet tropical mango and papaya, underpinned by the distinctive muscatel notes associated with Darjeeling tea bushes. To enable you to enjoy all the wonderful, subtle flavour components of this light-bodied first flush tea, we do not recommend you add milk – although a little lemon and a drop of honey may enhance its flavour if you like. However you take it, it's packed with antioxidants and contains close to zero calories, making it the perfect tea to give you a lift mid-morning or in the afternoon.
Established in 1855, the Upper Namring tea garden sits at 1,500m, surrounded by dense forest, misty hills and steep mountain terrain. The estate has a rich history of producing exceptional teas, their quality down to the China Jat (Camellia sinensis var. Sinensis), clonal and assamica hybrids that the tea garden is planted, plus its extraordinary terroir. So take one sip of this stunning Darjeeling first flush and let yourself be transported there.
If you loved this Indian black tea from the Darjeeling region
Want to order a caddy of Darjeeling's charismatic 2021 first flush teas? Our tasters have carefully chosen a selection of some of this year's best for you to explore, including Goomtee, Margaret's Hope, Selimbong and Snowview. You can compare these with a classic second flush Darjeeling, also from the Margaret's Hope Estate but from 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.