Organic Lingia Estate First Flush Darjeeling

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Muscatel
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “Surprised not to see this one on here already. Yay, I get to be first, even if it is only a cursory tasting note because I did not sit down and do a full tasting. So, I started the day with...” Read full tasting note

From Canton Tea Co

A stunning First Flush from an ethical organic tea garden.

This lovely, classic First Flush comes from the organic Lingia estate, nestled at dizzying heights on the slopes of the Golden Valley near the Indian/Nepalese border. This is our idea of a classic First Flush: clean, brisk on the palate with a classic pebbly dryness and superb lingering aftertaste. Some of the very early First Flush teas can be very green and quite astringent, but this is more rounded and complex – and one of the very best available this year.

“The Lingia estate is owned by the Chamong group, who employ a policy of ‘social upliftment’ in all their tea gardens.”

About Canton Tea Co View company

Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

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290 tasting notes

Surprised not to see this one on here already. Yay, I get to be first, even if it is only a cursory tasting note because I did not sit down and do a full tasting. So, I started the day with Canton’s 2010 Xing Hai, but felt like a change of pace for the evening. I’ll save the rest of the Xing Hai for tomorrow. I’ve now changed to this tea for the evening. It’s a new one on me and I only received it in the post last week. I tried it the day I got it, but was not overly happy with how it brewed. FF Darjeelings are notoriously finicky, and that first trial was a victim of over-enthusiasm and lack of control of the brewing conditions. This second time around is much better.

The first cup came out golden in colour. It was clear, crisp and silky in texture. Light muscatel flavour is there, some sweetness and some dryness. It has many of the characteristics of some light, dry white wines I have had in the past. The second cup I steeped for 3 minutes and that was perhaps a touch too long. The previous flavours were all enhanced but an edge of astringency has introduced itself. I shall steep a third cup for 3 minutes again later and see how it does, but I can definitely state that this tea passes muster for this Darjeeling fan. I’m not completely blown away by it, but I am definitely satisfied.

Flavors: Muscatel

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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