Darjeeling Gopaldhara ‘Classic’ First Flush is a minimally oxidised Darjeeling from Gopaldhara Tea Estate. Made from leaves harvested from Old China and China Hybrid bushes in April, it has a fresh, fruity character. As it is very lightly oxidised, it has a light taste with pronounced flavours. This batch is FTGFOP1 ‘Classic’ from the First Flush crop picked in April 2020.
Like all our Gopaldhara teas, we source this tea directly from Rishi Saria, the owner and director of Gopaldhara and Rohini Tea Estates. Gopaldhara Tea Estate is nestled in the Mirik Valley, in the Himalayan foothills, and is one of the highest tea estates in Darjeeling with elevations of between 1,700m and 2,100m. It is renowned for producing teas of exceptional quality and very often quite unusual character.
This ‘Classic’ First Flush Darjeeling from Gopaldhara Tea Estate is a minimally oxidised tea that has a light traditional First Flush character. It is created by Gopaldhara to achieve a flavour with the most typical lightly oxidised First Flush profile that is light, yet full of character. The bushes used to create it are a mixture of China Hybrid and old China bushes originally planted by the British over 135 years ago. The plants experience low temperatures over the winter months so the first shoots experience slow growth, resulting in a concentrated flavour. The young leaves used in making of this tea consist of single leaf or two leaves and a bud, lending a smoothness to the favour, while also providing a lasting, satisfying aftertaste.
Darjeeling Gopaldhara First Flush black tea has dark mixed wiry leaf that is rather large in size for a Darjeeling tea. The leaves have a light colour, immediately pointing towards the minimal oxidation. The light yellow-coloured liquor is bright with a slight mineral aroma to it. Overall you can immediately sense that it is a very light Darjeeling. The character is supremely smooth, bright and has a pronounced fruity profile. The fresh taste is juicy, with notes of citrus peel. It has a prominent long-lasting aftertaste that has a pleasant degree of sweetness and astringency.
We suggest brewing parameters of 90°C for 4-5 minutes according to your taste, brewing multiple times.