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Announcing Darjeeling Second Flush Tea in 2019
Golden Tips Tea announces the arrival second flush teas of 2019. We are the first from Darjeeling to do. Highly selective procedures sift the best tea leaves from the sub-par ones. Parameters for selection are high quality and flavor. Only available in limited quantities, our premium tea will make a fine addition to tea aficionados around the world.
Brewing a fresh cup of Darjeeling second flush tea is simply the best way to start your day!
Learn about Second Flush Darjeeling Teas
You may have heard vague terminology applied mainly within the context of teas such as ‘first flush’ or ‘second flush’. The harvest of tea crops begins from June to Mid August. The leaves mature throughout the monsoon season, absorbing the maximum amount of rain water available.
They have a purple tinge with notes of strong ripened fruit and sweet honey. As a result, they produce a rich, amber color with a strong muscatel flavor when brewed. They smell like toasty caramels with hints of fruit. Tea connoisseurs appreciate second flush teas due to their robust flavors and strong aroma.
In contrast, first flush is the very first pick of the harvest and has a fresh, light, astringent flavor. Some connoisseurs believe first flush teas are so good that they are the ‘Champagne’ of teas.
Importance of Second Flush Tea
The origins of Darjeeling tea and its time of harvest are equally important. Second flush refers to the time when tea leaves have matured just enough that they yield an exceptionally fresh, pure, and delicate flavor prized by tea lovers around the world. Many people believe this is the best cup of tea you can brew out of the Camellia sinensis plant.
But the window for the Second Flush is very short and once it’s over, every successive flush will produce leaves with a different aroma and flavor. For instance, tea leaves harvested during third flush will yield teal color with a coppery or deep amber texture with a light flavor when brewed.
How to Tell Apart Each Tea Flush Stage?
This can be easy if you know what to look for.
The most obvious sign is to look for the color of the tea leaves. Leaves with a lighter color are likely to belong from an earlier flush stage. If you carefully brew your tea and pour it into a clear glass cup to study the color of the tea. Is it light, medium, or dark? Finally, taste the tea to measure its ‘earthiness’. Would you describe it as weak, medium, or strong earthy?
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