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Upper Namring - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

2021 First Flush

Upper Namring - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

Indian Black Tea

From one of the finest Darjeeling estates, Upper Namring 2021 First Flush is a delightful loose-leaf Indian tea: fresh, fruity and a perfect mid-morning brew.

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

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DPD

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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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Standard

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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 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.

Read more about this Darjeeling tea

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.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


The tea offers a orange blossom aroma and light yellow infusion. A light cup with complex layers of flavours with notes of sweet floral, peach 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

Upper Namring - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

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