Darjeeling First Flush
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Darjeeling First Flush, Soom Estate, TGFOP-1

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Plucked in the month of March during the height of the first flush, this classic Darjeeling black tea is alive with muscatel flavor but, as with most first flush Darjeelings, this harvest leans toward the greenish flavor profile - light and gentle.
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Founded in the 1860s, the name "Soom" derives from the local Lepcha language and means triangular due to the shape of the garden, bordered by the Little Rangeet river in the Higher Himalayas, located near the town of Darjeeling.

Bruce Richardson suggests steeping at 200°F (off boil) for 3 minutes; then try second steeping.

Note that the First Flush (first new growth on the bush) harvest was interrupted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 shut down in India. Workers were not allowed to pick tea for a few weeks, which interrupted the supply of the new crop. This caused a shortage of availability and drove prices even higher than usual. 

A tea can only be called by the trademarked name Darjeeling if it comes from one of 86 gardens in this mountainous area of India that looks toward Mt. Everest. 

We were able to secure enough 2019 chests to get us through 2020. This tea has been packed in nitrogen so that it will not oxidize in storage.

Norwood Pratt and Bruce Richardson both agree that First Flush Darjeelings often improve after a couple of years of settling as the flavors of the tea meld into a more harmonious and even cup.

This tea will stay fresh for a year if kept in a tight container. 

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I always look forward to First Flush!
Sara (Louisville) 4/28/2016 8:39 AM
I always look forward to First Flush Darjeelings this time of year and this is one of my favorites - light, full of bouquet. I love to share it with my friends.
Five Stars
Kriswill (United States) 4/26/2016 12:45 PM
A great tea