This tea is grown at such high altitudes and in relatively cool weather the bushes do not grow quickly, and as such the production is limited. The best time of the year for quality is during "second flush" (end May - end June). During this time Darjeelings are incomparable to any other tea in the world. The fragrance and taste is a complex bouquet that reaches right out of the cup. Some would describe the taste as nutty; others find it reminds them of black currants, but most often it is described as similar to the taste and fragrance of muscat grapes. This 2nd flush - Harvested in June, these teas are more fully developed. The liquor is bright and the taste full and round excellent muscatel. An superb afternoon tea that is especially good with scones and raspberry conserve.
Region: Darjeeling, India
Growing Altitudes: 3500-7000 ft above sea level
Liquor: Bright tending light
Grading: TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe)
Flavour Profile: A delicate tending astringent cup with the distinctive ‘Muscatel’ character. Hints of currant create an almost wine-like taste.
Serving: 1.5 tsp | Temperature: 100 Degrees | Steep Time: 2-3 mins