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Darjeeling Tea
July 12, 2010, 6:47 pm
Darjeeling is a reputed tea growing region in India situated at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.

Darjeeling teas which are regarded as the 'Champaign' of teas, are normally classified as a type of black tea, but the degree of oxidation, particularly at the start of the season is below 100%.
If by classification, black teas are 100% oxidized, then First flush Darjeeling teas cannot be classified as black teas, but more like Oolong teas because First Flush teas are only about 90% oxidized or partially oxidized. This of course is only of academic interest.

Oxidization is adjusted in the manufacturing process to bring out the best flavor, taking advantage of the climatic conditions prevailing at the time. Very dry and cool weather prevailing during this time of the year is best for quality manufacture, resulting in exceptional flavor.

First Flush teas are made from leaves harvested early Spring. They are harder withered and less oxidized when compared to the second flush teas. The difference is seen in the dry leaf, which has a slight greenish hue and is also light in cup. The taste is very delicate with a touch of astringency (not to be mistaken with bitterness).

Second Flush Darjeeling teas are harvested end May and early June depending upon weather and climatic conditions and are found to have more color in cup and a stronger flavor. The liquor has more body than the first flush teas. Ideally, first and second flush teas should be tasted plain and not with milk. It is a matter of individual preference which tea is considered the better tea.

The First Flush Singbulli Estate Darjeeling featured by us is a late Spring tea.


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Welcome to my tea blog. My name is Lalith Guy Paranavitana, a self styled 'Guru' of tea with over 40 years in the tea business. You can read about my experiences in the 'about us' page on my web site.

I am attaching a link to a video of the tea tour of Sri Lanka that was arranged and conducted by me in January this year. I am planning to take another group to Sri Lanka in Jan 2011.

Having been born and raised in Sri Lanka, I felt a sense of accomplishment for having done this and I was very pleased that everyone who joined me on this tour thoroughly enjoyed themselves and called it a trip of a lifetime! I shall be posting more video clips on the same tour when time permits.

With Spring in the air, I am gravitating towards a First flush darjeeling tea from Poobong Estate which purchased in 2008. The 2009 teas were a dismal failure due to bad weather and therefore I did not purchase any. The 2010 season has not yet started and this seasons teas will not be available for another month or so. The 2008 tea still has an abundance of quality and flavor and it will be interesting to see if this years teas can match it. I am now going to fix myself a cup! Cheers. Lalith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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