Friday, February 26, 2016
We are very glad and proud to have this super premium batch of tea in our list. We were continuously in touch with the Superintendant of the garden (Mr. Somani) and the factory assistant manager Mr Amit right from the month of early February 2016. We are buying the Puttabong teas for more than 20 years now, the tea makers exactly knew that we were simply looking for the top batch as usual. I am very thankful to the Superintendant of the garden and the factory assistant manager of this garden for giving us an opportunity to taste this batch of tea and have it in our list of teas. This is the first tea that rolled out of the Puttabong tea estate this year and this is also the 1st batch of tea in our list of 1st flush 2016 Darjeeling teas.
This is a super premium quality organic early season 1st flush 2016 Darjeeling tea which is plucked from the young and tender AV2 and P312 clonal bushes of this prestigious plantation of Darjeeling.
This premium batch of exclusive Darjeeling tea is plucked during the early hours of the morning when the dew drops were present on the young and tender shoots and buds on the tea bushes, as a result of which the made tea has about 80% bold and wiry silver tips in it. The dry leafs gives out extremely high aroma of freshly plucked flowers.
When steeped for complete 5 minutes the cup gives light yellow golden liquor and a very delicious fruity- floral aroma raises high above the cup. Each sip reminds of exotic flowers like white roses and marigold and leaves a slight lemony note on the palate as an after taste.
A majestic tea of the year which is surely a tea makers pride and a tea lover`s delight!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
An approach to 1st flush 2016 Darjeeling tea:
It has been a very dry and cold winter in Darjeeling after the autumn flush harvest in Darjeeling since last weeks of December 2015. We received a very good rainfall on the 10th of February 2016 which is surely a very good sign for the upcoming 1st flush 2016 Darjeeling tea harvest. It’s very difficult to choose the right 1st flush Darjeeling tea during the initial stage of the 1st flush harvest as the amount of the fresh leaves and shoots on the tea bushes are very limited and most of the lots produced during this period often contains some winter leafs in it and if one is really in a hurry to get the 1st flush teas of the initial stage of the this harvest then he/she can land on buying a mixed lot or a batch of winter and spring mixed Darjeeling tea.So one has to be very careful while choosing the teas.
Since we are in this trade for the last 70 years and have been tasting the samples of different teas right from the beginning to the end of the harvest each year we have seen that once the few rounds of plucking is done properly during this harvest we can get rid of the winter leafs and only then we expect to get the fresh shoots and buds from the tea bushes which is actually used to make the 1st flush Darjeeling teas.
We have tasted few samples from few of the gardens of Darjeeling and Dooars and can say that this year the 1st flush harvest is a bit late. We expect that we will get the early 1st flush teas from the clonal bushes like the AV2, P312, and BB157 etc. The 1st flush teas from the pure china bushes will take some time to arrive as the china bushes usually takes some time to conceive the new leafs and shoots during the early spring due to cold and dry conditions during this time.
A pure and good 1st flush Darjeeling tea should have a bright greenish appearance, filled with tiny white silver tips. The cup should give out bright yellow liquor in the cup with fruity-floral aroma with a bit of astringency at the end of each sip.
As usual we will taste and only procure the early season pure and true first flush teas and start offering them to our tea lover friends all around the world through our website. Till then we request you to keep visiting us at our website www.teaemporium.net and our official face book page www.facebook.com/teaemporium