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Darjeeling 2018 1st Flush Jungpana Tea Estate Spring ‘Delight’ EXN-24

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Black Tea

 

Jungpana Tea Estate Spring ‘Delight’ EXN – 24

 

Organic
Appearance:
mixed color, slightly-chopped leaf. Not as perfect as the EXN-01
Cultivar: China tea bush varietal leaf
Oxidation: approximately 75% oxidation
Wither: medium wither
Flavor: high-grade leaf that is rich and full. The flavor is filled with nuance – it offers plentiful tropical fruit and melon.
Aroma: Highly-aromatic, it is fresh and sweet, with melon and Asian pear in the crisp aroma
Liquor: pale golden-amber liquor

 

 

Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India
100% Pure, Un-blended Darjeeling tea
High-grade leaf from a limited spring production

2018 1st Flush  (March)

 

Delight Tea:  A limited number of traditional tea gardens in Darjeeling produce a small amount of a special manufacture of tea known as ‘Delight’ tea. This subcategory of the 1st Flush is made using uncut China bush leaf and is hand-made following an old-fashioned, traditional methodology. The leaf can be identified as a ‘Delight’ tea by visual appearance in both the dry and wet form, but is easiest to spot in the wet leaf.

The leaf must be plucked during the first few days of the 1st Flush period, from 100% China bush plants, grown at a very high altitude. Following careful manufacture the uncut leaf is fired whole by charcoal roasting. This particular firing style ‘sets’ the leaf differently than the normal drying methods used in this area of the Himalaya, and the leaf then needs a resting period before it really develops and opens up.

After a month or two, a ‘Delight’ manufacture shows sweetness and body that is really unusual for a high altitude, China bush tea. Tea connoisseurs world-wide who are aware of ‘Delight’ tea seek out these small lots and supervise them while they mature. Drunk starting several months after harvest, these rest and age unlike any other type of tea. The distinctive flavor of ‘Delight’ 1st Flush Darjeeling tea comes from exactly this preparation. The established, heirloom varietal China bush tea plants that grow in the gardens that manufacture ‘Delight’ teas contribute a rich softness to the taste of this tea.

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1st Flush Darjeeling – February/March
2nd Flush Darjeeling – April/May

 

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.

 

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 Darjeeling teas are among our most prized teas.

 

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

Our goal this year was to procure more variety in 1st Flush Darjeeling teas than we formerly offered. The more traditional weather seems to agree with our current thinking and has helped to produce many delicious teas for 2018. We will have Darjeeling teas with a softer, less astringent flavor profile, and also ones in the more modern, ‘European’ style. So whatever style you prefer – or if you enjoy them all – this is a great year for tea, and Darjeeling in particular.

 

Bob selected Tea Trekker’s 1st Flush Darjeeling teas for 2018 pretty much at the normal time of the spring, and those deliveries have been arriving by air courier and by surface transport. Check the listings regularly for new additions, and also for the 2nd Flush teas in July!

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.