How we make it:
- 1 teaspoon per teacup (bone china if you’re feeling fancy)
- 90C water (leave for 2-3 minutes before pouring)
- Brew for 2-3 minutes
- This delicate first flush is recommended without milk.
Bright, fresh, floral, crisp
Who needs alcohol when you can have this champagne of teas? A truly special cup, perfect in the afternoon.
The name Darjeeling comes from the Tibetan word Dorje, meaning ‘thunderbolt’, an area of India that sits at the foothills of the Himalayas. While it is geographically close to Assam the flavours of tea could not be more different. While Assams are big and bold, Darjeelings are bright and fresh.
The proximity to the mountains not only brings the drama of thunderstorms but also the colder climate that creates this incredible tea. The higher price of Darjeeling reflects the difficult locations needed to produce this tea, the higher the altitude the finer the flavour. Ours comes from the steep hillsides that overlook the River Teesta.
First Flush means it is picked in late February as the sunlight hours start to increase, as the tea bush starts to wake up from its winter sleep.
If you always add milk to your tea then try our second flush.