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Craft Darjeeling 2023 Gift Case

Region: Darjeeling
Producer: Samabeong & Gopaldhara
Season: 1st & 2nd Flush 2023
A new gift case bringing together two exquisite craft teas from the 2023 harvest from the famous Darjeeling region.
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£ 89

Darjeeling is a region synonymous with fine tea. It sits nestled in North-East India, in the misty foothills of the Himalayas. Known as the ‘champagne of tea’, Darjeeling teas are considered by many to be the pinnacle of aromatic black tea. There are over 80 gardens in Darjeeling, from 900ft to 7,000ft above sea level, producing tea across the four seasons: 1st flush, 2nd flush, monsoon, and autumn. By working with only the best few family run gardens of Darjeeling, we bring you the most beautiful small batches from the premium 1st flush and 2nd flush seasons. Each gift case contains a jar each of the Spring Blossom 2023 (70g jar) and Supermuscatel 2nd Flush 2023 (100g jar).

The 1st flush season in Darjeeling is roughly March and April. Teas from this season are ideally light, fruity, and floral. The Spring Blossom 2023, from Samabeong garden was picked from P312 varietal tea plants, grown at 5,500-6,000ft. Just 28kg were made of this excellent batch which is full of whole leaf and leaf buds.

The flavour is magnificent and full of delicious tropical fruit and floral notes, with a very smooth finish. These are the flavours we look for in an exemplary 1st flush Darjeeling. This tea will delight anyone who loves fine, delicate flavours.

Excellent 2nd flush Darjeelings are hard to find. The 2nd flush season is roughly May and June, up to the start of the monsoon. The teas from this season tend to be richer in flavour and more oxidised (darker). Batch Dj126 from Gopaldhara garden was picked from section 5A of Gopaldhara garden. Interestingly, this section has been planted with Yabukita and Fujimidori varietal plants, brought from Japan.

Much to my delight, this particular batch exhibits the classic muscatel profile which is becoming harder to find lately. ‘Muscatel’ owes its name to the muscat grape. The taste of a 2nd flush Darjeeling should be reminiscent of muscat grapes. At first sip, there is a hint of grape like sweetness, followed by a build of grape skin like tannin which gives wonderful structure and leaves a long drying finish on the palate.

Both jars are cushioned with wood wool and packed in a matt white gift case, finished with the Lalani & Co wax seal. Any dedicated tea drinker or foodie would be delighted with these two special batches from Darjeeling’s 2023 harvest.

 

Contains:

Spring Blossom Darjeeling 1st Flush 2023 (70g)

Supermuscatel Darjeeling 2nd Flush 2023 (100g)