Second flush Darjeelings are known for their brisk, aromatic and refreshing character which are ideal to enjoy during the afternoon as a refined and yet comforting respite from the stresses of the day; as well as being an ideal accompaniment to sweet and savoury nibbles.
Whilst the second flush Darjeeling season is the longest and most bountiful in harvest, the amount produced each season is limited and therefore the race to snap up the very best teas of the season starts at the very beginning of the season with sampling that tests for colour, taste, aroma, leaf size and shape and the amount of tip and bud present in each batch.
We have selected this luxurious, hand-picked tea from the Singbulli estate as a wonderfully tippy 2nd flush and a benchmark example of a superior single estate Darjeeling with a mellow, rounded aromatic taste and typical muscatel notes.
Finest Darjeeling is also included in the following signature gift collections:The World of Tea Collection - £39.95
Darjeeling is perhaps the most famous tea growing region in India, which is quite surprising considering that this areas in amongst the smallest regions in the country.
Founded on the foothills of the Lesser Himalayas in West Bengal and nestled between Nepal and Bhutan; the town of Darjeeling was established by the British in the 19th Century after some success in transplanting cultivars of the Camelis plant to the area near a local hill station. This successful planting coincided with a downturn in relations with China due to the opium wars. Due to this, tea production (formerly almost exclusively Chinese) switched to India and expanded rapidly to meet the demand for the leaves back home in the UK.
Darjeeling teas were cultivated specially for their herbaceous, smooth, aromatic and slightly fruity character which is in direct contrast to the strong, bold spicy flavours of Assam, the other most famous Indian tea.
This character resulted in a finer, more delicate and elegant infusion particularly suited to the solariums and tearooms where afternoon tea had become an extravagant and leisurely activity. Ensuring the quality of these leaves encouraged the practice of tea classification with the highest ratings given to tippy batches with lots of young, fresh buds and lively fresh flavours.
Due to its climate, Darjeeling harvests in 3 seasons, or "flushes", which are unique in character and result in some of the finest (and most expensive) teas in the world.
The first flush season comes early in the year after the very first monsoon rains of the season. These early leaves and buds are picked by hand from the very top of the tea plants and due to their rarity, lightness and slight honey-sweetness are known as the champagne of teas and reassuringly expensive.
The second flush season runs from June to September and is the most abundant type of darjeeling available. 2nd flush leaves vary in quality from that found in teabags to super-premium, specially grown leaves which rival 1st flush teas in quality and flavour. 2nd flush teas are more full-bodied and robust than the early season leaves but outstanding quality can be found by looking in the right places!
Third flush, or Autumnal Darjeelings, flush towards the end of the year and are much more spicy and aromatic in quality whilst retaining a bright and lively nature. Again, leaves of exceptional quality can be found amongst the Autmunal teas for certain gardens.
Place one teaspoon per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 minutes. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling. May be enjoyed with milk or lemon to taste.
May contain traces of nuts
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains tea for approximately 14 cups of Black tea.
The refill carton, available in Standard and Large, is a perfect, environmentally friendly way to replenish your Tea Palace Caddies.
Contains enough tea for approximately 60 cups (Standard) or 90 cups (Large) of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened tea should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains tea for approximately 60 cups of Black tea.
Our Large bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your favourite tea fresh.
Contains enough tea for approximately 90 cups of Black tea.
Carton of 20 Tea Sachets
Our specially designed, individually wrapped Crystal Pyramid Tea Sachets carton offers the most convenient way to prepare loose leaf teas and infusions whilst the individual foil wrapping ensures that every pyramid bag retains its own individual freshness.
Caddy of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving pyramid teabags. Presented in our bespoke purple damask caddy for the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Refill Carton of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving teabags. These cartons offer the most environmentally friendly option to replenish your Tea Palace teabags.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened teabags should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.