The Jungpana Tea Estate is situated near the famous town of Darjeeling. The tea gardens have an excellent location and altitude; they lie at 3,000 – 4500 ft and are blessed with a nurturing south-facing orientation. The exceptional quality of tea produced at this estate is derived almost exclusively from China jat – leaf plucked from China tea bush varietals. The distinctive flavor components of this leaf will stimulate the palate and refresh the taste buds. Fresh, lively and pure – glorious Darjeeling tea again this harvest.
Tea Trekker’s selection of 1st Flush tea from Jungpana Tea Estate for 2018 was challenging because there were several teas from them in our samples packet that we could easily have liked to source. However, because the 2018 offerings were so excellent across the board, we chose to limit our selection from any single garden to two teas, and we do offer two teas from two different gardens, a very rare situation for us.
Read about ‘Delight’ Tea in the accordion drop-downs under ‘Harvesting Season’
Among the many classic offerings from Jungpana Tea Estate, we selected two of the many teas we tasted in their flight. They are both Spring ‘Delight’ teas, which have been quite popular for us the last few years as our clients have discovered this subcategory of the 1st Flush pluck. They were quite different prices to us, and we elected to offer them at a retail price that is lower than what would normally be charged for these special teas. We hope you try both of them to enjoy the differences. This tea, the EXN-24, is spectacular, only ‘bested’ by its ‘cousin’, the EXN-01, but that is a matter of subjective taste! We could never have decided between them, so we offer them both, and you can enjoy them both. They are among the finest examples of ‘Delight’ teas that we have ever offered, and we trust that you will like them too. We mitigated the difference in price between them (it should have been US$20.00 difference per 4oz) the higher charge being partially based on supply and demand, which we feel is not too much of an issue when we only want to sell a certain amount of these teas in the first place! So while the EXN-01 is definitely ‘worth’ US$65.00 per 4oz, we would rather that you enjoy the tea! Don’t forget to re-steep these teas. Not too many black teas re-steep successfully, but these should (assuming that you don’t let the first steeping linger too long). This ‘halves’ their price, which makes them a steal…
What is noticeably distinctive about the Darjeeling 1st Flush teas in general this year are the full body and richly-flavored quality. It is a good year in general and certainly the teas have great flavor components and taste. The weather during the late winter lead-in to the flush seasons was more ‘normal’ than it has been in recent memory, with plentiful rainfall just in time for the buds and subsequent leaf to plump up and develop a more mature flavor than is typical for a 1st Flush, and, in many instances, the 2018 early teas have a pronounced quality and deep, concentrated flavor. They are, in general, right on the flavor line at which crisp meets muscatel; and we think that is a great position!
If you are looking for a classic, organically-produced 1st Flush Darjeeling tea from an esteemed garden, this is your tea!
To consistently produce some of the finest Darjeeling in the world for over a century, the management at Jungpana plucks only the most delicate leaves. They have mastered the intricacies of manufacture, and have premium quality as their priority. The Jungpana Estate was planted by the British, then owned initially by the Scotland-based Duncan Brothers. Later, it was owned by the Ranas of Nepal and thereafter has been with the Kejriwal family for more than five decades.