Darjeeling Autumn Flush ( Red Thunder) has been produced in mid November when the temperature starts approaching zero degrees in the night which leads to the leaves getting frosted in the night. The growth is very slow in the period and it is a very limited production. It has been produced from very fine single leaf and buds and are plucked from the highest elevations.
Extreme cold weather conditions at the high elevations of Darjeeling induces special and complex flavour of ripe fruits into the tea; due to which it induces special and complex flavour of ripe fruits. The tea brews into a bright orange cup with a very rich character and full rounded flavour. The aftertaste is very clean and sweet with a prominent finish of Honey.
The appearance of the tea is blackish red leaf with few tips. It brews into a bright coppery infusion and fully transparent bright orange liquor. The tea has a prominent Autumnal Muscatel character. It is one of our finest Darjeeling black teas.
Tea type: Clonal Autumn Darjeeling Tea
Flush: Autumn Flush
Cultivar: Clonal Bushes
Time of Harvest : November, 2017
Type of Plucking: Single and Two Leaves and a Bud
Grade: FTGFOP1 Red Thunder
Elevation: 5500 – 7000 feet
Oxidation: Well Oxidized
Specialty: Made in very high elevation from frosted clonal leaves of high quality clonal bushes for a typical autumn flush tea.
Darjeeling tea is a tea from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. It is available in white, green, oolong and black.
The Darjeeling region is at the footsteps of Tibetan Himalaya and stretches between high mountain ridges and deep mountain valleys. The unique geography and weather make Darjeeling such an exclusive tea. In fact, Darjeeling is only capable of producing one percent of India’s total tea output.The most famous tea of India is Darjeeling tea although it makes only a small portion of the country tea production.
Darjeeling tea is recognisable by the harvest season ( flush). The main flushes are First, second, Monsoon and Autumn.
The First Flush picks the earliest spring growth of the plant, as early as February. The leaves of first flush are delicate and tender. Hence its tea is light, floral, fresh, and astringent in flavour. The first flush Darjeeling tea is less oxidised compared to the Darjeeling second flush. Darjeeling First Flush tea is some of the most prized and expensive on the market. It is called the “Champagne” of teas.
The Second Flush is harvested as early as April and runs through June. Darjeeling second flush tea has a stronger flavour. Teas from this Flush are famous for muscatel, and fruity flavour.
The Monsoon Flush runs from June to October. It comes with large leaves that brew into a stronger tea.
The Autumn Flush is in October and November. The brewed tea has a rich copper-coloured liquor with rich, full, and smooth flavour.
To better know it, Darjeeling tea has several flushes which come with different colour and flavour, however, still the next harvest of the same flush tea from the same garden does not come with the same characteristics as the environmental factors changes all the time. Do not be surprised if the same tea even from the same garden is different when you use it next time. It is one of the beauties of Darjeeling tea!