Saturday, October 13, 2007
As usual we have been flooded with tea samples from various gardens but it seems Autumnal character is visible more in clonals than the china type variety, actually china origin plants takes a longer period to grow and in its peak time it gives some exceptionally matured teas so the resistance power in this type of plant is more so it really take much more time than any clonal plant to get a perfect character for example even in 1st and 2nd Flush the china variety arrives late.
Well taking about china type variety we recently tasted a couple of Chamong Ftgfop-1 samples; of coarse the character of the teas were that of the monsoon variety but it was still interesting as the taste was still matured and the cup still had that usual brightness, I somehow really like the teas of all the four gardens of the same group that is Chamong, Lingia, Tumsong and Pussimbing.
I’m still waiting for a word from the Singbulli Garden Manager, I’m specially looking forward to their Tingling Valley clonals as all our customers know about this tea as the 1st Flush 2007 Singbulli Clonal delight has been the best rated tea so far this year. Unlike the First Flush this time I’m looking for a much heavier cup both in aroma and Liquor, so I think the Manager is working really hard for it, but again it depends on the mercy of the nature.
Well I’ve been in close contacts with the tea garden managers here and since there has been at least 25% less harvest during the Monsoon season, there has been a mad rush in the market as we can see a clear shortage of tea just before the long winters to come, also on the other side the temperature is dropping each day so I think we`ll have a very short Autumnal period.
On the 7th of October I had called up Mr.Mukhia (Manager Castleton Tea Estate) and he said that they are receiving a good price at the auctions and they are also expecting some great clonals this season and not to mention we have also booked some of the great teas from this estate. Also Mr.Mantri (Manager Singbulli Estate) had the same verdict….
Well let’s wait and watch what happens!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Its been a very busy schedule for me so far, I’m also very delighted to say that our e-store is really getting famous with an excess amount of mail orders, it seems our selection of top quality Darjeeling teas are absolutely perfect for our clients and I’ve been flooded with mails about the satisfaction they got after ordering teas from us and people are curious about our Autumnal selections. Well the hunt is on! But it’s been raining very badly so far here in Darjeeling and the production of the monsoon crop has been very poor in quality and quantity so far. There has been almost 25% less production of teas this season.
Well taking about Autumnal flush, people often think that the last crop of the year is the least quality Darjeeling tea, but they are wrong as this harvest is equally premium as the 1st and 2nd Flush teas. The difference is that this crop tends to get more heaver in body and more matured in aroma than the other 2 crops, I’ve often heard from customers saying that their purveyor of Darjeeling teas had informed them that the autumn flush is lowest quality Darjeeling tea as it’s the end of the harvest, but I strictly disagree to that because all these rumors are spread because mostly European and Japanese buyers buys a lot of 1st and 2nd Flush teas but when they are unable to finish their stock before the Autumnal Flush arrives, they spread these rumors.(Well I don’t say all of them do this).
Like the 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas Autumn flush teas are also famous for its rich muscatel flavors and the best Autumnal teas are made from the dehydrated leafs and Buds meaning leafs without any moisture would make the best Autumnal Flush teas.
Well we keep all our customers updated as soon as we start selection our share of exotic Autumnal teas and we have to do it very carefully as some gardens also try to sell their monsoon teas as autumnal flush teas. So keep visiting our site so you get the best share of this harvest!