Darjeeling First Flushes 2016

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Teas from the Darjeeling region of India are considered to be the ‘Champagne of Teas’ and the first flush of the year is widely anticipated within the tea industry and our tasting panel have hand selected a range of first flush Darjeeling teas that we think you will really enjoy!

Darjeeling First Flush Tea Castleton 2016

The Castleton Tea Estate is located south of the Kurseong Valley, perched in the misty highlands and an hours drive away from the town of Darjeeling. First planted in 1885 using Chinese tea bushes, the estate passed through Calcutta royalty and unlike many other estates, Castleton uses names rather then number to designate sections of the plantation; sections of this gardens are known as Bhalu Khop (bear cave), Jim Basha (the erstwhile manager’s domain), Dhobitar (washerman’s clothes line) and Baseri (resting place).

The original name of the estate was Kumseri but the current name derives from the remains of an old building called ‘Bank Ghar’ that looks like a castle within the area.
The Castleton Estate produces some of the best Darjeeling tea in the world and it thrives in misty, warm weather conditions with rich soil and topography. This is one of the oldest Estates in Darjeeling, the Chinese tea bushes which were originally planted give a unique and complex character to the tea. However, many growers have decided to replant old sections with hybrids that yield higher volumes of tea leaves. This has created controversy in the industry, in regards to the preservation of ancient tress and the history, despite their lower yield and slower growth, they are an irreplaceable resource in quality tea.

Darjeeling 1st Flush Tea Namring Upper FTFOP1 2016

namring 2The Namring Estate is located in the picturesque surrounding of the Teesta valley and dates back from 1855 when the British Darjeeling Company established four tea gardens.
It is one of the oldest and largest tea estates in India and is split into lower and upper divisions, it compromises of three tea gardens; Poomong, Jingiam and Namring. Namring’s highest elevation is at 5700 feet.
Namring’s famous teas get their unique notes from the combination of tea bushes; three fifth China leaves, three tenth or clonal leaves, and one tenth are Assam hybrid.

 

Darjeeling 1st Flush Tea Organic Phoobsering 2016

This tea Estate is unlike any other in its name as it is not named by the first British or identifying surroundings. It is named after a local ‘Sardar’ named Phoob Tshering; who was the first supervisor of the garden. Situated at 3000-6000 feet, the Phoobsering Tea estate is west of the town of Darjeeling and is run by the Chamong group who are considered to be experts in their profession. Phoobsering only produces bio organic teas and has many Great Taste Awards under its belt for its first flush Darjeeling teas.

Darjeeling 1st Flush Tea Orange Valley 2016

Orange Valley Tea Estate2Orange Valley is by far the most picturesque of all the Darjeeling Estates, surrounded by orange trees and situated on top of the blue mountain near the town of Darjeeling at 5000-6000 feet and boasts of breath taking views of the third tallest mountain in the world, Kenchejunga.
Using bushes that are predominately from China and the old tea bushes are replaced at the rate of 2% every year. The garden also goes by the name of Bloomfield Tea Estate from when it was once owned by the Bloomfield Tea Company. The factory also still uses machinery from the British period.

 

Darjeeling 1st Flush Tea Gopaldhara FTFOP1 2016 and Darjeeling 1st Flush Tea Gopaldhara Wonder Oolong 2016

Situated in the Mirik Valley at the altitude of of 5500-7000 feet, Gopaldhara is the highest TGopaldhara1ea Estate in Darjeeling and the second highest in the world. The high altitude and rigid climate means their harvest is between 4-5 weeks later then other estates. The cold also effect the taste which is more delicate and subtle then others.
In 1881 tea bushes were planted on a lush paddy belonging to Gopal, which is where the Estate developed half of its name. It is positioned with natural streams called ‘Dhara’ which means steam in local language, thus to today the Estate is called Gopaldhara.
As many Estates are now doing, new clonal teas are being planted at higher elevations to produce rare teas.

Find all of our Darjeeling First Flush Teas on our website HERE

 

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