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Monteviot First Flush Darjeeling Black Tea – Organic

Monteviot First Flush Darjeeling Organic Black Tea - by ArtfulTea
Monteviot First Flush Darjeeling Organic Black Tea - by ArtfulTea

Monteviot First Flush Darjeeling Black Tea – Organic

from 40.00

The 2021 harvest has arrived!

Our Monteviot Organic First Flush Darjeeling is sourced from the Monteviot Estate, located in the southern part of Darjeeling at an elevation of 5,600 ft. Lively, fresh, floral, and slightly astringent, this tea has all the wonderful qualities of a great first flush. We have only a limited quantity of this seasonal tea, which won’t last long!

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Monteviot First Flush Darjeeling Organic Black Tea – Information

✦ Quantity ✦
This tea is carefully packaged by hand in a reusable tin or a resealable kraft bag. Our 3.5 oz. tin or kraft bag makes approximately 35 to 40 cups of tea.

✦ Ingredients ✦
Organic black tea (Origin: Monteviot Estate, Darjeeling, India)

✦ Preparation ✦
Use 1 level teaspoon per 6 oz. water. Heat water to boiling. Steep for 2 - 4 minutes.

About First Flush Darjeeling

Sometimes called the “champagne of teas,” Darjeeling has long been a popular staple in the tea world. Grown at high elevation in the Darjeeling region of India, Darjeeling tea is a fine black tea with floral notes and a delicate character. The specific terroir in which Darjeeling is grown, along with growing and harvesting techniques perfected over the course of centuries, contribute to its unique flavor and superior quality.

Most Darjeeling black tea is produced from the second flush of the leaves, harvested from June to August. First flush Darjeeling, however, is harvested in the spring, and is even rarer and more highly sought after than the more common second flush. Since it’s the first tea harvest of the year, first flush teas are often produced in smaller quantities, and can sell out quickly due to their limited supply.

First flush Darjeeling teas are often lighter than their second flush counterparts, featuring less oxidized leaves with green and silver highlights. They brew up a golden color and have a crisp, clean flavor profile with an astringent bite. First flush Darjeelings are typically harvested from March to May, depending on the weather conditions of the region in which they’re grown. Because of their specific character and relatively short season, first flush teas are often some of the freshest teas available, with leaves having been plucked from the tea plant only a few months prior to being brewed up into pots of tea all around the world!

First Flush Darjeeling Caffeine Content

First flush Darjeeling contains a moderate amount of caffeine, with less than half the caffeine of coffee per cup. The caffeine content of Darjeeling is influenced by several factors, including:

  • Harvest time - Teas harvested earlier in the spring tend to be higher in caffeine. First flush Darjeeling is picked in early spring from the first leaves of the tea plant.

  • Tea varietal - While all tea is made from the same camellia sinensis tea plant, there are two main varietals. Darjeeling is produced from the camellia sinensis var. sinensis varietal, which is native to China, while most other Indian black teas are produced from the camellia sinensis var. assamica varietal, which is native to India. Camellia sinensis var. sinensis tends to be lower in caffeine.

  • Leaf size - Our first flush Darjeeling is a full-leaf tea of exceptional quality. Full-leaf teas tend to be slightly lower in caffeine than teas made of broken leaves or fannings.

  • Water temperature - Like other black teas, first flush Darjeeling should be prepared with boiling water (approximately 212 degrees.) The hotter the water, the more caffeine is present in the tea.

  • Steep time - We recommend steeping Daily Darjeeling for two to four minutes. Shorter steep times results in a lower caffeine level in the brewed cup of tea.

First Flush Darjeeling Health Benefits

Like other types of black tea, our first flush Darjeeling is full of health benefits. Some of the benefits of this unique tea include:

  • High in antioxidants - First flush Darjeeling is high in antioxidants, which can help to reduce harmful free radicals in the body and ward off cancer and other degenerative diseases.

  • Good for energy - First flush Darjeeling contains a moderate amount of caffeine, which can give you the boost of energy you need to power through the day.

  • Improves focus - In addition to caffeine, black tea also contains l-theanine, a compound that helps to reduce stress and aid in mental clarity. Together, caffeine and l-theanine can work to improve your focus and boost your brainpower.

  • Good for your heart - Black tea contains flavonoids that can reduce stress on the heart and help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

  • Helps digestion - A cup of black tea can help you digest rich meals and soothe stomach troubles.

  • Reduces inflammation - Black tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation and calm symptoms of illnesses like arthritis.

  • Wards off colds - Worried about getting sick? Black tea contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties that can help to boost your immune system and protect you against the common cold and other illnesses.

  • Soothes headaches - Thanks to its moderate caffeine content, a cup of first flush Darjeeling can help to soothe minor headaches.

Brewing First Flush Darjeeling

We recommend infusing this tea using a teapot, tea infuser, or tea filter. These brewing methods allow the tea leaves to expand fully and result in a more flavorful cup. To prepare first flush Darjeeling, use approximately one teaspoon of tea leaves for every six ounces of water. Heat water to a boil, then infuse leaves for two to four minutes. We recommend enjoying first flush Darjeeling on its own, without any added milk or sweetener, in order to enjoy the unique flavor of this premium tea.

Our Monteviot First Flush Darjeeling

Our organic first flush Darjeeling was harvested this spring in the Monteviot Garden. Founded in 1856, the Monteviot Garden is located in the southern Kurseong valley of Darjeeling. Classified as an FTGFOP1 tea, our first flush Darjeeling is composed of the first two tea leaves harvested from the tea plant each year, a mark of exceptional quality. Grown at approximately 5,500 feet elevation, this premium tea features fine, whole leaves with green and silvery tips, and brews up a beautiful golden color.

While somewhat lighter than our classic Daily Darjeeling, this first flush Darjeeling still imparts plenty of flavor, with a pleasant bite and moderate astringency. The tea has floral notes and a delicate body, with a distinct spring-like character. Unlike other black teas, we find that it is best enjoyed on its own without any added milk or sweetener in order to fully savor its unique flavor.