First Flush Darjeeling (2012 Singbulli Estate)
Louise the tea taster says
The Indian tea bushes are just waking up from the long winter snooze so now is the perfect time to launch our first of our top of the crops….. da da da daaaaa.
For those who didn’t pay attention in geography Darjeeling is in India, bordering Nepal sitting in the foothills of the Himalayas – it’s really hilly, misty and very cold in the winter. The tea bushes grow clinging to the sides of the mountain – the cool weather and challenging growing conditions produce a very intense unique flavour to the tea. Plucking the leaves isn’t as easy as it is in other areas of India (and the rest of the world) as the steep hills make it tricky. The first flush (the first growth after the cold winter) appeared in March this year but with no rain the growth was very slow. Finally the rains came at Easter and the leaves flourished. First flush teas are young, juicy and fresh – truly unique. They’re in huge demand in Germany and Japan where there’s a rush to secure the finest teas and so they fetch crazy, high prices.
The first flush organic Darjeeling we’ve selected is from the highly respected Singbulli tea estate. The estate spreads over 9 hills and tea is cultivated at heights up to 4100 ft.
So, we’re now the proud owners of a small batch of the finest organic Singbulli SFTGFOP1 … or as we like to call it in the office OMG this is damn good.
How does it taste?
delicate, flowery with a hint of pears – unique and really yum.