Darjeeling Rohini Jethikupi First Pick 2021 is a fine First Flush Darjeeling tea from Rohini Tea Estate. Like all our Rohini and Gopaldhara teas, we source it directly from Rishi Saria, the owner and director of Gopaldhara and Rohini Tea Estates. This is a rare opportunity to try the very first pick of the season. Consisting solely of fine young leaves and buds of the renowned P-157 clonal plants, this tea is lightly oxidised to produce a bright verdant liquor with complex flavours and minimal astringency. This lot is a ‘FTGFOP1 Jethikupi First Pick’ pick from the late February 2021 harvest.
You may also be interested in our other 2021 harvest teas from Gopaldhara and Rohini Tea Estates, especially the First Pick ‘Moondrop’ from Gopaldhara.
Rohini Tea Estate is located along the route that connects the towns of Siliguri and Kurseong. Surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, this estate produces tea from relatively young trees. The estate has had a chequered past, not actually producing any tea for a long period of time. Recently it has been replanted with young tea trees, so sometimes it is referred to as the youngest tea estate in Darjeeling. It is now going from strength to strength and is producing more and more interesting and higher quality teas. Most recently Rohini have been elevating the quality and flavours by focusing on smaller hand processed batches and more unusual types of tea.
First Flush Darjeeling tea is particularly prized, however the First Flush moniker does encompass a longer growing season during which the plants undergo a number of rounds of leaf picking. This Rohini Jethikupi is the very first pick of the season, a period during which the leaf growth is slow. The slow growth of the leaves results in a higher concentration of nutrients after the long winter hibernation, itself translating into unique flavours and charm of the finished tea. It is made from the young leaves and tips that are plucked whole by hand from the best specially selected P-157 bushes. The leaves are then delicately processed by hand to retain the full leaf. The natural very light oxidation is done briefly overnight to retain the fresh character as well as to keep the leaves of this fine tea intact.
This Darjeeling Rohini Jethikupi First Pick tea consists of neat, hand picked and hand processed tippy leaves that have undergone careful minimal oxidation. When brewed it produces a bright golden-yellow aromatic liquor with a light floral scent and a smooth verdant profile. The complex flavours have notes of underripe fruits, wild flowers and fresh savoury herbs. There is a touch of woodiness that is reminiscent of a white tea. The aftertaste is long lasting with more verdant florals, light wood notes and just a touch of dryness. This is a highly refined and expertly made Darjeeling that delivers an excellent and unparalleled taste.
It is best brewed at 90°C for 3-4 minutes and can be brewed 2+ times.
This Darjeeling Rohini Jethikupi black tea was featured in our January 2022 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.