First Flush Darjeeling 2010 Pattabong Clonal Queen
Comprised of the first tender shoots of the newly grown tea plant, First Flush Darjeeling tea is a unique find and is rarely available in this country. We sampled a few of Darjeeling’s first pickings of 2010 and once again found a remarkable offering from the storied Puttabong Estate. Planted in 1852, Puttabong was the very first tea estate in the Darjeeling district and has an established reputation for producing the highest quality teas.
This season’s Puttabong Estate, Clonal Queen is an attractive mix of green and black leaves with many silver buds; yielding a full gold infusion. It has a lovely muscatel perfume and produces a lingering sweetness on the palate when sipped. It finishes with a floral and herbaceous nuance that is characteristic of a stand out First Flush Darjeeling.