Darjeeling Phuguri First Flush 2017 is a fantastic organic tea form the Phuguri Tea Estate, situated in picturesque Mirik Valley of Darjeeling. This tea is a First Flush (the first spring plucking of the season) and was picked in spring 2017. It is a great example of a First Flush Darjeeling, having a light balanced character with wonderful floral muscatel notes and very little astringency. The Phuguri Tea Estate has full organic certification.
Phuguri Tea Estate is well-known for producing very fine clonal teas. Clonal tea bushes are grown from hybrid clones rather than seeds. This enables the estate to very carefully control the properties of the bushes, enabling them to select the best trees for their specific growing conditions and to achieve certain desired characteristics. Clonal tea is popular in Darjeeling and the trees differ from one estate to another. This means that clonal teas from different estates will have somewhat different characteristics particular to that estate and that clonal tea bush. It is a time consuming and difficult method of tea plant propagation but it yields very favourable results for the tea estates.
Darjeeling Phuguri First Flush 2017 has very neat dark green leaves with silver tips. When brewed these produce a bright light orange liquor with a typical Darjeeling First Flush aroma. This tea has a light First Flush character that is a lot lighter than many other Darjeelings. The profile is well balanced and there is very little astringency and just a touch of dryness. It has smooth floral flavours with muscatel notes. Not overtly complex, it makes for a very pleasant cup and an excellent choice for an afternoon tea.
We suggest brewing at 90°C for 3-4 minutes according to your taste. It can be brewed around 2 times depending on your preference.
This Darjeeling Phuguri First Flush 2017 organic black tea was first featured in our September 2017 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.