Darjeeling Orange Valley First Flush 2016 is a high grade (FTGFOP1) tea that has a fantastic floral First Flush character with minimal astringency. Grown and processed to organic standards on the Orange Valley Tea Estate that is famous for creating most flavoursome Darjeeling black teas, this tea is from the 2016 spring crop.
Orange Valley Tea Estate utilises mostly clonal China bushes, and is located on the east facing slopes overlooking the town of Darjeeling in the West Valley of Darjeeling District. The tea garden is at an elevation of between 1,500 and 1,800m, making it the perfect location for producing some exceptional teas. Particularly renowned teas from this garden are the floral First Flush and muscatel Second Flush crops. The name of the garden comes from the fact that it is surrounded by orange trees, the blossom of which during spring time is said to add to the character of this First Flush black tea.
Plucked in spring 2016 this Darjeeling Orange Valley First Flush has neat small leaves with mixed colours as well as silver tips. Once brewed, it produces a golden liquor with a pronounced first flush character. The liquor has a distinct floral and mineral aroma that is very pleasing. The flavour profile tends to be more on the floral side rather than muscatel, leading to lighter flavours with minimum astringency. It exhibits typical smooth Darjeeling notes, floral, fruity and mineral aspects being particularly prominent. The smoothness and balanced nature make this a marvellous tea that can be enjoyed by itself or as part of a full afternoon tea.
Darjeeling Orange Valley First Flush 2016 black tea is best brewed at 90°C for 3-4 minutes according to your taste. It can also stand at least one more infusion. Best taken without milk to fully enjoy the floral first flush character.