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Darjeeling Arya Tea Estate 2019 Autumnal Flush

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Darjeeling Arya Tea Estate
2019 Autumnal Flush (Sept, Oct)

 

Organic

 

Manufacture: Orthodox
Grade: SFTGFOP 1

Cultivar: China tea bush varietal leaf
Oxidation: very long, fully-oxidized black tea
Wither: short wither

 

Appearance: traditional Autumnal Flush Darjeeling leaf with a particularly dark coloration and light tippiness
Flavor: smooth, deep flavor with no astringency
Aroma: cacao, melon, and dried wood bark aroma
Liquor: medium-dark-amber liquor

 

Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India
100% Pure, Un-blended Darjeeling tea

2019 Autumnal Flush (Sept, Oct)
Grade: SFTGFOP 1

 

1st Flush Darjeeling – February/March
2nd Flush Darjeeling – May (in 2020 it was also June)
Autumnal Flush (or Pluck) – Sept/Oct (in 2019 it was intermittent)

 

Spring is the peak time for new leaf growth as the tea bushes awaken from winter hibernation. These early-harvest, first-plucked Darjeelings are known as 1st Flush teas. This plucking season is followed by the harvest of 2nd Flush Darjeelings, which completes the annual spring harvest cycle.
The ‘sleeper’ of the harvest, the Autumnal Flush, when plucked, is often very special and uniquely delicious.

 

Darjeeling tea is highly sought after worldwide for its smooth, rich muscatel flavor and fine bouquet. It is often referred to as the ‘Champagne’ of tea because of its elegance and finesse in the cup. The Darjeeling tea gardens are located in the Lesser Himalaya Range of West Bengal in Northern India. The flavor of Darjeeling tea is greatly influenced by the mist-shrouded environment of the tea gardens (which are scattered over the hills and valleys at 5,000- 6,700 feet in altitude) and the slow maturity of plant development in cool, high-altitude locations.

 

Supremely elegant and lively in the cup, 1st and 2nd Flush Darjeelings are traditionally among our most prized teas.

 

Use 1 Tablespoon (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 1 infusion at 2  minutes*
Water temperature should be 185°F-195° F

 

*Steeping Tip:

Though highly oxidized, this tea is manufactured using China tea bush varietal leaf, so it is easy to over-steep. Try steeping it twice, first for 2 minutes, and then, as you would with an oolong or green tea steep the leaf again for 3-4 minutes to obtain a second cup (using freshly boiled water).

 

This pluck is quite voluminous so it needs a generous measure if determined by volume measure rather than by weight. The 1 Tablespoon in our measurement will yield approx. 2.5 grams of leaf by weight.
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Our goal again this year regarding 1st Flush Darjeeling teas has been to procure more variety and less depth than we formerly offered ‘back in the old days’. The weather seemed to agree and has helped to produce many delicious teas for 2019. We will have Darjeeling teas with a softer, less astringent flavor profile, and also ones in the brisk, more modern ‘European’ (green) style. So whatever style you prefer – or if you enjoy them all – this is a great year for tea, and Darjeeling in particular. The more normal amount of rainfall has increased the moisture in the leaf which leads to less breakage and a deeper flavor and better keeping potential. Also the teas will likely ‘age’ well and increase in flavor rather than diminish over the next 10-15 months.

 

Bob selected this Autumnal Flush Darjeeling tea from 2019 at pretty much the normal time – during the dark winter of 2019/2020. This tea was suspected of becoming world-class at the time, but who knew that it would mature so well, given the delay in receiving it due to the normal winter slowdown in commerce from the Himalaya, and then the significant shipping problems worldwide this spring. Worth the wait? indeed!

Arya Tea Estate is one of the most prestigious of the tea gardens in all of Darjeeling, and Tea Trekker is proud to offer the Autumnal Flush of the 2019 harvest to our tea enthusiast customers – we think it is utterly delicious. Clear in style, pure in taste, classical in every way, it is a delicious example of a traditional Autumnal Flush Darjeeling tea. This tea has all the characteristics that made Autumnal Flush Darjeeling tea world famous and helped to provide the moniker: ‘The Champagne of Teas’. There was a time long ago in which the Autumnal Pluck was highly sought-after, although not so much these days…

The gardens of Arya Tea Estate (one of the oldest gardens in Darjeeling) were founded by Buddhist monks in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Formerly known as the Sidrabong Garden, the estate’s name was changed in the late 1990’s when the estate re-opened after recovering from a large fire. Averaging out at an altitude of 1500 meters, these gardens’ orientation is sublime, and affords the bushes an optimum growing position in the hills of Darjeeling (one of the finest tea-growing regions on earth). From inception, the tea bushes in this garden have been grown organically, and the estate now adheres to bio-dynamic growing principles as well as being certified organic.

Arya black tea is not made in a large quantity, nor even every season or every year, although the tea makers in these revered gardens intend to manufacture several black, green, oolong, and white teas in each harvest season.

There is a limited amount of this tea, so while we purchased a fair amount of it, who knows how long it will be available…