The Puttabong Tea Estate (formerly known as Tukvar) is situated on the picturesque Rangeet river in the very north of Darjeeling in West Bengal. Established in 1852, Puttabong includes the stretch of land first known to have been cultivated in the Darjeeling region and is famous for its history and fabulous quality tea leaves.
This benchmark organic Darjeeling is created from the finest second flush leaves of the season, selected for the quality of the plants and resulting leaves and the flavours, colours and aromas of the resulting infusion.
The silky liquor this tea produces is a sultry copper-brown, and provides a smooth and balanced cup made exceptional by gentle peach and citrus fruit notes. With a hazel-nutty notes and a typical Muscatel finish, this Darjeeling is not be missed.
Organic Darjeeling Puttabong is also included in the following signature gift collections:The Organic Black Tea Collection - £45.95
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. 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.