This 2018 Glenburn Tea Estate 2nd Flush Darjeeling tea was plucked in June of this year. It is a mid-season specialty tea with a limited production. The leaf is plucked by the ‘first string’ tea workers, at the very beginning of the second pluck who are carefully harvesting the premium crop of 1st and 2nd Flush leaf that will be the basis of the season’s (and therefore the year’s) economy for this tea estate.
The aroma is slightly raisin-y, but mostly brisk, with hints of fresh hay and herbs. Its flavor is forthright but sweet, and extremely rich, which is unusual for a china bush Darjeeling tea. It is in many ways a quintessential 2nd Flush Darjeeling tea: flavorful and deeply full-bodied, with the softer, delicious flavor for which 2nd Flush Darjeelings are famous. This tea shows its pedigree well and is a classic manufacture. It is truly delicious!
Our 2018 Glenburn Tea Estate 2nd Flush Darjeeling selection is from a section of the tea garden that still maintains old China tea bush varietals. The yield from this section is low but the tea has excellent flavor. The weather conditions bring out the best flavor from these tea bushes in the spring.
Glenburn Tea Estate is small – the total acerage of the estate is about 1,800 acres, of which only 704 acres is cultivated for tea. Nevertheless, the estate produces on average 125,000 kilo of tea a year during the 4-seasons of production. Forest reserves, rivers and cool Himalaya air contribute to the unique taste of Glenburn Tea Estate Darjeeling tea.
The Glenburn Tea Estate is located in the Glenburn Valley at an altitude of approximately 3,200 feet. The tea garden is about 3 hours from the Bagdogra airport. The journey to the estate follows the course of the River Teesta ( take a left at the bridge or you will arrive in Sikkim) before the climb up towards Darjeeling, and then there is the visually stunning drive down into the Glenburn valley.