Heritage Darjeeling 1st Flush 2018
This is the first year in which we’ve had a tea from Samabeong Garden. The garden is at 6,000ft, a high elevation which improves the flavour of fine tea. It sits in the far north-east of Darjeeling, away from most of the other gardens.
The plants picked for this batch are pure china seed plants, not clones. You will see the leaves are almost green. Darjeeling 1st flushes are black teas which have been ‘hard withered’; a process which removes a lot of moisture and keeps the leaves very ‘light’.
The tea opens with beautiful notes of papaya and passion fruit, there are delicate florals in the middle, with a slightly tart finish. 1st flush Darjeelings are best fresh, so buy now and drink now. The amount of high quality Darjeeling in 2018 will be much reduced so make sure you stock up and enjoy this treat!