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Darjeeling First Flush, Makaibari Estate

IMG_7195 Darjeeling First FlushThe tea growing season begins in early spring once warmer weather arrives. This organic First Flush is from this initial short season – the leaves are dark and green producing a light copper cup with fresh, delicate flavours and mild astringency. This tea has a slightly darker cup than earlier years as it comes from slightly later in this first season.

Rajah Bannerjee, expert and owner of the Makaibari Estate says that “after their period of dormancy in winter, the tea bushes awaken in the First Flush. Hence, this vintage is also the perfect way to start the day after a good night’s sleep.” And who could argue with that?
These leaves are Makaibari’s highest graded First Flush: Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe.

50 grams of Darjeeling First Flush: Pouch £6.90
50 grams of Darjeeling First Flush: Tin £7.50

Brewing Instructions

These are delicate leaves so we recommend infusing in freshly drawn or filtered water at 95℃ for 3 to 5 minutes.
1 teaspoon per cup or to taste. Don’t forget to add more water for a further infusion.

“Like the green teas I feel these Darjeeling black teas are best enjoyed not too strong. I tend to use just half a teaspoon per cup. I also add more water for further infusions.” James