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Goomtee - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

2021 First Flush

Goomtee - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

Indian Black Tea

Sweet and floral, our Goomtee Darjeeling first flush is an exceptional Indian black tea. Pour a cup mid-morning or in the afternoon and put a spring in your step.

From: Kurseong, Darjeeling District, India

LOOSE LEAF TEA
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Royal Mail

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From £5.50

Royal Mail

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Tracked

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Feedex

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Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

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The origins of our 2021 Goomtee Darjeeling First Flush Tea


One sip of our light, sweet and floral Goomtee Darjeeling tea fresh from the mountainous region of West Bengal, India, will transport you to the misty mountains of Darjeeling. An exceptional single origin Darjeeling first flush, long rolled leaves of this black tea characterise 2021 Goomtee with silvery buds and green leaves, a golden yellow infusion and delightful fruity characters that make it perfect for mid-morning or afternoon drinking.

Harvested in spring at the historic Goomtee Tea Estate, the finest light-bodied orthodox tea leaves infuse to yield has a lively mouthfeel, with fresh tropical tree fruits such as peaches and apricot. Those sweet tropical flavours are followed by floral notes with hints of orchid, adding depth and character to the cup. This tea is perfect on its own, and we do not recommend adding milk, although you might find that a few drops of lemon and a drop of honey enhance its flavour.

Established in 1899 by British pioneer Henry Lennox, Goomtee Tea Estate sits in the Darjeeling hills, just outside the town of Kurseong. The estate is famed for producing beautiful floral and aromatic teas with complex flavours from the tea bushes of the Old China cultivar. Located at a cool elevation of 1,400m, the tea garden is mainly planted with an old China cultivar, resulting in pronounced floral characters and the muscatel quality Darjeeling is renowned for.

Read more about our Goomtee Darjeeling First Flush

In Darjeeling, first flush teas are something special – generally rolled and oxidised to a lesser extent than other flushes to preserve their freshness and natural character. This micro-batch example from Goomtee is outstanding – beautiful to look at, with its soft, wavy grey and green leaves, and a real joy of the 2021 Darjeeling harvest.


Other exceptional Darjeeling First Flush teas


Want to order a caddy of Darjeeling's charismatic 2021 first flush teas? Our tasters have carefully chosen a selection of some of this year's best for you to explore, including Margaret's Hope, Selimbong, Snowview and Upper Namring. You can compare these with a classic second flush Darjeeling from the Margaret's Hope Estate and the summer harvest. Happy sipping!

Can't decide which Darjeeling to try? Sample six of our 2021 Darjeeling first flush teas with a Discovery Pack. You can find out more about Darjeeling and what makes its flushes so special in our Tea Journal.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


The tea offers a spring fresh floral aroma and golden infusion. A light cup with abundance of delicate apple and peach notes with smoky muscatel mouthfeel.

Region


Darjeeling is the northernmost district in West Bengal, Eastern India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bordered by Nepal in the West, Sikkim state to the North, and Bangladesh on the South-eastern boundary. The eponymous city, 2,100m above sea level, is located on a long, narrow mountain ridge of the Lesser Himalayas.

Learn more about the Darjeeling Region of India

On a clear day, the city offers unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest mountain), and Mount Everest can also be seen from nearby Tiger Hill, which itself sits at 2,590m above sea level. The highest peaks in the district are part of the Singalila Ridge and reach 3,600m. Depending on the elevation, the climate is either Humid Subtropical (CFA) in the lower areas, or Subtropical Highland (Cwb) on the higher hills, with a Tundra climate (ET) on the higher mountains, and numerous microclimates along the steep relief.

The city itself enjoys a mild and temperate climate (Cwb), with average lows of 10°C in the winter, and average highs of 21°C in the summer. The summers are wet and overcast with high precipitation from May until September; and the winters are mild and clear. Winds are generally low throughout the year. The land between 1,000m and 2,000m is mostly used for cultivation: principally tea, but also rice, corn, wheat and cardamom. The slopes above 2,000m are covered in forests, with a mixture of semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine trees. The forest around the city of Darjeeling is home to rare, protected orchids.

The reserve forests are also home to small Indian civets, mongooses, badgers, as well as a conservation centre for the elusive and endangered red pandas. Teas from such altitudes are considered high-grown. Considering that Darjeeling is only 280 miles from Assam, it is remarkable that the two regions produce vastly different teas.

As well as climatic and topographic differences, soil quality varies. Whilst Assam is considered very fertile, Darjeeling soil is loose and poorly consolidated, with risks of landslides. But the steep slopes ensure efficient drainage, and the misty, wet summers with limited direct sunlight are ideal for the cultivation of the Camellia sinensis sinensis. The mild, dry winters also encourage a period of dormancy, so the new Spring leaves can burst with flavours (First Flush harvest).

How to brew

3g

3g

85°C

85°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 4mins

3 - 4mins

Goomtee - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

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