The second flush Darjeeling tea has an abundant muscatel flavour and a special tinge of sweetness, which makes it so distinctive. It has brownish leaves with random tips which they brew into dark orange liquor. The cup is medium bodied with musky notes and a fresh aroma to fall in love with. They are very smooth with no harsh tones.
TEA TYPE: Fully Oxidised Black Tea.
FLUSH SEASON: Second Flush
TIME OF HARVEST: June 2017
TYPE OF PLUCKING: Two Leaves & a Bud
GRADE: Darjeeling FTGFOP1
SPECIALITY: Abundant muscatel flavour of Darjeeling
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!