Wonder Darjeeling 1st Flush 2022
Gopaldhara is one of the highest gardens in Darjeeling, sitting at 3,500 to 7,000ft in the Himalayan foothills. This exceptional producer is one of the few Darjeeling gardens to remain independent and family run, owned by Rishi Saria and his family. Lalani & Co have been working with Rishi and his team for about 11 harvests.
These leaves were harvested on the 27th March, from a section of the garden at 5,500-6,000ft. This section was planted exclusively with the famous AV2 varietal, making this batch a single-varietal Darjeeling. The AV2 is much sought after by Darjeeling drinkers for how it translates into the fruity and floral notes which characterise a fine first flush. The leaves are lightly tumbled in bamboo trays a few times, before heating, rolling, and drying.
A lively first flush with notes of tropical fruit, leaning on the citric side. Passion fruit, mango, loquats, and plum lead the way. The texture is syrupy and smooth, perhaps creamy, with almost no tannin.
We recommend 3g:150ml at 70°C for 3 minutes. Water in the low 70s will bring out the tropical fruit notes. Remember, a first flush Darjeeling like this needs time to open. After pouring, allow at least 3 minutes in the glass for the flavours to emerge; ideally 5 minutes.