What Makes Spring Tea or First Flush Tea Special?
Bring out your finest china for it's that time of the year again - the fabulous spring teas or "first flush" teas have begun to arrive! A couple of green teas from the mountains of China are already here and teas from India, Nepal and Taiwan will follow shortly.
Spring teas are considered special because they are harvested during the first flush of new growth in the tea plant, typically in the months of March, April, and May. The new growth, or "first flush," of the tea plant produces leaves that are tender, delicate, and high in essential oils and other compounds that contribute to their unique flavors, aromas, and not to overlook, its health benefits.
Notably, the term "first flush" is predominantly used for teas from Darjeeling, likely the result of its colonial past. In China the earliest harvest of spring is described as "pre-Qingming", which is tea that is harvested before the Qingming festival that falls in the first week of April.
During the winter months, the tea plant goes into a dormant phase, and the nutrients stored in its roots and stems are redirected to fuel new growth when the weather warms up. This flush of new growth is highly anticipated by tea connoisseurs because it produces some of the finest and most flavorful teas of the year.
Spring teas are typically characterized by their light, delicate flavors, and fragrant aromas. They may also have a slightly astringent or "brisk" quality that is prized by tea drinkers. Some of the most popular types of spring teas include green tea, white tea, and oolong tea. Darjeeling first flush tea is especially prized and often described as the "champagne of teas."
Like other teas, spring teas are also valued for their health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the body against the harmful effects of free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Overall, the combination of their delicate flavors, fragrant aromas, and health-promoting properties make spring teas a sought-after delicacy among tea lovers worldwide.
As we make room for the new spring teas we are putting on sale the ones from 2022. Enjoy 30% off on all spring teas of last year. They are still flavorful and very enjoyable!