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Kurseong Valley, Darjeeling
First Flush, March
Japanese Yabukita cultivar
Whole leaf green tea
This first flush whole leaf green tea from Kurseong Valley in Darjeeling is an exceptional quality green tea and is made in small artisanal batches. We have chosen this tea because of the delectable umami taste that it possesses. It is very soothing, with lovely buttery, vegetal and nutty flavors reminiscent of spinach, green beans, and edamame, with an earthy undertone of pine wood.
The Emerald Green Tea is a whole leaf tea composed of two leaves or a single leaf and a bud. After careful hand plucking, the tea leaves are allowed to rest so as to develop rich flavors and then this is followed by steaming, drying, and lightly rolling the tea. This well thought out and tedious manufacturing process gives one of the finest Indian green teas that we have enjoyed.
Emerald Green Tea is made during the spring season from special Japanese bushes. The bushes are covered in natural shade which helps pull theanine and other amino acids from the soil into the young tender leaves and buds, thereby developing the marvelous umami taste. L-theanine is an amino acid analogue which decreases anxiety, stress and helps create a “focused calm” in conjunction with the caffeine present in tea. Like all green teas, the tea leaves undergo fixation after plucking to prevent oxidation of the catechins polyphenols into flavin polyphenols. Therefore, there are high levels of the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a natural antioxidant in this tea.
Number of infusions per 2.5 g: 3
2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)
120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 80°C - 85°C (or 175°F - 185°F)
This tea works great for the gongfu style as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.
We recommend 5 gm of tea
100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).
Kurseong, a small town noted for its secluded charm, is situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Kurseong means the ‘Land of White Orchids’ since white orchids grow in abundance in this area. The town is full of beautiful tea gardens, forests, and lush greenery with magnificent views of Mt.Kanchenjunga and the Teesta river. Located at an altitude of 4864 ft, Kurseong enjoys a milder and healthy climate throughout the year.
Red pandas dwell in the Eastern Himalayan region of India and also in China. They are skillful acrobats that are arboreal. They are mostly herbivorous and their name comes from a Nepali word “ponya” which means one who eats bamboo. Red pandas are endangered and there are about 10,000 animals left, of which over 50% live in India.
I have read a newspaper article about the company in Atlanta. Christmas was coming and my nephew likes teas, so I ordered online. I can support local stores/companies this way, too. It arrived as promised and the customer service was pretty good. I got a sample tea bag myself, and I liked it. One thing I wish is the price. If it were cheaper, I could order more often.