India Darjeeling 1st Flush Gopaldhara 'China Special' Black Tea

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Almond, Apricot, Floral, Grass, Hay, Herbs, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Mango, Muscatel, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Plums, Rose, Smoke, Toast
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“Alright, the backlog will finally be clear after I finish this review. This was the other sample pouch I finished earlier. Typical of the teas I have tried from the Gopaldhara Tea Estate, I found...” Read full tasting note


A premium hand-rolled first flush produced exclusively from Gopaldhara’s old ‘china’ bushes, with a wonderfully smooth crisp floral taste and aroma with hints of sweetness combined with little-to-no astringency.

A very special tea from Darjeeling, produced exclusively from the original 130 year old ‘china’ bushes, originally used by the British Empire to setup India’s tea industry. These bushes have been largely replaced by assamica throughout India with the exception of Darjeeling, where some of these original bushes survive.

Sourced direct from Gopaldhara tea estate in Darjeeling, located in Mirik Valley and one of the highest tea estates in Darjeeling with gardens totalling 320 hectares.

Tasting Notes:
- Floral aroma
- Smooth crisp floral taste with gentle sweet notes

Harvest: First Flush, April 2017

Grade: FTGFOP1
Altitude: 1,500m
Cultivar: Original 130 year old ‘china’ bushes
Origin: Gopaldhara Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India
Farmer: Shiv Saria and his son Hrishikesh Saria
Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 25%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-4 minutes

Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag

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