Darjeeling 1st Flush, Goomtee Estate (2 oz)

One of the most anticipated harvests of the spring tea season, Darjeeling First Flush hails from the steep hills of northern India. This lot is from the Goomtee Estate, and was harvested in April 2015. The dry leaves and buds range from dark olive green to dark brown, and have a pleasant, white-flower aroma. The flavor is sweet and fresh, with notes of almond; a sandalwood finish rounds out this light-bodied cup.

Country: India
Region: West Bengal
Tasting Notes: sweet, almond, floral
Year of Production: Spring 2015

Stock Status:(Out of Stock)

Product Code: BID42


Banjhi Leaf of Darjeeling

On Making Second Flush Leaves

Sebastian Beckwith has spent much time in Darjeeling over the years, talking with many growers and tasting teas. He was there just at the end of the First Flush season and the beginning of the little known Banjhi period. Here are his notes on a previous trip.

Tea is one of the only plants that is used only for the vegetative growth, not its fruit or flower. The tea plant is an evergreen small tree by habit, but has been trained as a shrub/bush through the periodic management practices like plucking and pruning.

After the winter dormancy, the new growth is highly prized as the first tea of the season. Depending on the region it may become white tea or green tea. In Darjeeling it becomes its famous "first flush" tea. After the first spurt of growth from the plant it goes into a second period of dormancy. This occurs about a month after first flush starts and is called the Banjhi period. The plant produces a small bud, which doesn't grow to full size, as well as a leathery larger leaf which has little taste and is hard to process.

During this two-week period the plant must be plucked to get rid of these leaves. Often teas are made from these leaves, but the result is a low-quality tea, often produced for local consumption. The Banjhi plucking allows the plant to grow the small and extremely desirable second flush leaves.

  • Start with your favorite spring or filtered water. Preheat the teaware. Use a large strainer basket to allow the leaves to open and release their flavor.
  • Temperature: 212 F (boiling) Time: 2-3 minutes
    Amount: 3g / 6 oz serving = 1 rounded teaspoon
  • Play with the amount of tea, the water temperature, and steeping time to re-steep - rely on taste, not color. Get to know the tea!
  • For more about brewing tea, visit our Brewing Notes page.

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