2020 Darjeeling Jungpana Tea Estate 'Summer Delight' 2nd Flush black tea

Darjeeling Jungpana Tea Estate ‘Summer Delight’ 2020 2nd Flush

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Black Tea

 

Jungpana Tea Estate
2020 2nd Flush  (May)
‘Summer Delight’

 

Organic

 

Grade: orthodox manufacture – ‘Summer Delight’
Cultivar: China tea bush varietal leaf
Oxidation: fully-oxidized black tea
Wither: lightly withered

 

Appearance: slender, well-twisted, medium/large leaf with contrasting tip
Flavor: smooth, deep, slightly ‘dry’ flavor
Aroma: stone fruit, and a light ‘forest floor’ aroma
Liquor: clear amber liquor tinged copper

 

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

2020 2nd Flush  (May)
Grade: ‘Summer Delight’

 

1st Flush Darjeeling – February/March
2nd Flush Darjeeling – April/May (this tea in 2020 is 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 Darjeelings 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 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 2020. 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 several of Tea Trekker’s 1st Flush Darjeeling teas for 2020 at pretty much the normal time in the early spring; however in many cases delivery of those shipments could not be made by air courier until the travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic were lifted by the Indian govt. Then in most regions the monsoonal floods came in before the lockdown was lifted, so the tea ‘sat’ in various locations in India until it could be shipped, in a few instances being caught up again in yet another pandemic lock-down before finally being released. But they finally were able to be en route in late July and started to arrive in Aug … and we expect more deliveries to continue through Sept, about as late as we have ever seen in 40 years of sourcing Darjeeling tea.

The good news is that the 2nd Flush teas this year are exquisite, as this first arrival shows, and they should ‘keep’ really well! The rest of them will just be very late to arrive…

Tea Trekker’s 2020 2nd Flush ‘Summer Delight’ tea from Jungpana Tea Estate is a connoisseur’s treat: classically rich muscatel flavor accented with several light influences of traditional woody-ness and stone fruit in the flavor profile. This exquisite tea is full-bodied and smooth. It is slightly dry but not astringent. There is no biscuit influence but rather a complex blend of stone fruit and clean earth flavor components.

There are significant elements of stone fruit in its aroma, and the ever-so-slight aroma that one picks up from the earth when walking at a wood’s edge after a brief shower. We picked up a hint of cacao in the aroma as the tea cools. This is similar to the flavor that one receives from an Eastern China black, or a Yunnan black, and sometimes a large-leaf, darkly oxidized Nepal black. The aroma is in perfect proportion to the flavor, so they work in tandem to provide a wonderful, complete flavor package.

This tea will accept dairy and/or sweetener, but we prefer it plain so that all the nuance of the complex flavors can dance on the palate. However if you like a Darjeeling that will take milk, this is your tea.

The dry leaf of Tea Trekker’s Jungpana Tea Estate’s ‘Summer Delight’ 2nd Flush tea is traditional in both shape, size and color. The leaf is a mix of slender, mid-length leaf and well-twisted long leaf, and is very even in its sorting. It is what is sometimes referred to as a ‘fine pluck‘. There is a typical, appropriate amount of contrasting tip. The leaf is a beautiful mottled mahogany brown in color, towards the dark end of the spectrum for a Darjeeling. The steeped leaf shows an incredible variation of color and the open, large leaf is quite stunning.

Tea Trekker is quite fond of well-executed 2nd Flush Darjeeling manufacture. It represents the more traditional, classic style of Darjeeling preparation, using primarily China bush leaf and a fuller oxidation. There is rarely much green leaf in the finished product and the liquor steeps to a clear, medium amber. The water temperature required is not too strict, so it is more casual to prepare than most 1st Flush Darjeeling teas.

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.

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.

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