Darjeeling Phoobsering First Flush 2018 is a high grade (FTGFOP1) First Flush Darjeeling tea that has an elegant and balanced profile. It is an excellent Darjeeling, full of first flush character with floral and mineral notes from the 2018 spring crop grown and processed to organic standards by Phoobsering Tea Estate.
Phoobsering Tea Estate is one of the oldest plantations in the West Valley of Darjeeling District, right next to the town of Darjeeling. Interestingly, and somewhat unusually, the tea estate is named after a local person, the first supervisor of the estate called Phoob Tshering. There is no explanation why the tea estate was named after a local and it presents an intriguing mystery. The tea garden is located at an elevation of between 1,000 and 1,800m and produces some world-renowned first flush teas.
This Darjeeling Phoobsering First Flush, plucked in spring 2018, has neat small leaves with muted dark green colours as well as silver tips. Once brewed, this tea produces a bright golden liquor with a pronounced first flush character and a mineral, muscatel aroma. It is a very fine and balanced tea, producing a complex liquor with unique flavours. The rounded profile is mineral and chalky, with muscatel and floral notes. There are notes of menthol and citrus that make this tea particularly exciting and make it stand out amongst other First Flush Darjeeling teas. The aftertaste is long lasting and is floral and mineral. This tea will pair well with sweets so will make an excellent choice for a complex yet satisfying cup of afternoon tea.
Darjeeling Phoobsering First Flush 2018 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 first flush character and complexity of flavours of this fine tea.