First Flush Darjeeling (2023 Goomtee Estate)
Comprised of the first tender shoots of the newly grown tea plant, First Flush Darjeeling tea is a seasonal tea offering that is applauded by tea enthusiasts around the world. This first picking (DJ-1) of the 2023 season is produced from the tender 2 leaves and a bud plucked from the Muscatel Valley division, which is the higher elevation and certified organic section of Goomtee Tea Estate.
This tea selection is cultivated with a hard wither at 68%, rolled with light pressure, short oxidation and full firing. This process allows a longer shelf life and yields a cup with full flavor and not just the expected floral and herbaceous aromas.
This loose Darjeeling tea is an exceptional spring picking with a fresh, vegetal mouth feel at the start developing smoothly towards more floral and fruity notes with a delicate astringency. When brewed, it yields a light gold infusion with a uniquely intoxicating muscatel bouquet. Typical of a stand out First Flush Darjeeling, it finishes with a pleasing citrus sweetness on the palate.
Brewing Tips: Our First Flush Darjeeling tea should be made with cold, filtered water that has been brought to a rolling boil (205-212° F) and then allowed to cool for just less than a minute. Using one rounded teaspoon of loose tea or one teabag for each cup required, pour the boiling water over the tea leaves. First Flush Darjeeling tea should be steeped for 3 minutes. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping. Decant and enjoy!
How Much Tea Do I Need?
1 pound of loose leaf tea will make approximately 160 cups of brewed tea
4 ounces of loose leaf tea will make approximately 40 cups of brewed tea