We picked up this batch of Darjeeling first flush 2020 from Puttabong tea estate just before the pandemic shut things down. We had to wait a good two months before the tea could be finally shipped out of India. It is finally here, and we hope it will bring you joy and hope in these otherwise challenging times.
(Please make sure when you read the reviews to confirm the production year. We have retained reviews from previous years because the overall character of the tea from a particular garden chosen by us remains the same. The reviews are helpful to compare the crop from past years.)
The 2020 first flush from Puttabong is an elegant Darjeeling with characteristic peach and light floral notes. The delicate body yields a delightfully fruity flavor with a crisp finish. Leaves you with a soft sparkle.
DRY LEAF: Beautiful soft wiry leaves, with abundant tips and of green apples and pepper.
INFUSED LEAF: Has a strong nose of juicy peach and gardenia.
CUP: Light golden liquor with a pleasant aroma of peach and green apples. On the palate it is bright with peach notes and a bite that is balanced. The sweet lingering aftertaste is memorable.
1 tbsp or 2.5 gm per 8 oz cup
*This tea is categorized as "China Moondrop SFTGFOP1" by the tea garden.
Puttabong tea estate, Darjeeling
The name of the tea garden means "place of green leaves."
Certified Organic and Fairtrade
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The tea is very fragrant, like the smell after the rain but sweet. The tea brews nicely, the leaves are a bright green after unfolding. The taste is fruity and sweet. You can drink it fast or slow. There is a puckering taste at the end. A wonderful tea to take a second and regroup yourself.
I took my much anticipated first sip yesterday, and it did not disappoint. Lovely, simply lovely tea - would definitely recommend to any serious lover of first flush darjeeling.
I love this tea! It's light, floral, fruity and so aromatic. So far, its my favorite, highly recommend. Thank you, Happy Earth Tea for being here for us!
I love this tea. I had never had first flush Darjeeling before, only later harvests, and I am so glad I tried it this year. Excellent flavor and aroma.
I was down to my last few cups of 19 1st flush Darjeeling when 2020 Puttabong arrived. I wish i could be ascetic enough to start my day without 1st flush Darjeeling (or its sister jun C from Nepal). . Niraj has already promised me my next 12 months supply, so i am happy to share that despite climate change and lockdown it stands up to one of the best 1st flushes. Its sister estates will, I am sure, try to tempt me with their grace and floral beauty. I will succumb, yet again, and love them equally. I will whisper to each, you are the best this year. I testified at the NY assembly last week to make sure we support and ensure our small businesses survival. I talked about Happy Earth and that whole strip on South Ave, as an integral part of community. Here's to healing, and a transformation, as we stand up for racial and economic injustice.