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Second Flush, June
Whole leaf oolong Tea
Golden Summer Darjeeling Muscatel tea is a second flush, loose leaf black tea. It has a marvelous, rich mouthfeel which is almost wine-like. Prominent notes of honey and fruit like dried mango, grape, and peach, intermingle with undertones of aged oak and hay.
This lovely muscatel is grown on a small high altitude Darjeeling farm in limited batches. In early June, before the monsoons arrive in Mirik Valley, the choicest two leaves and a bud are hand plucked from the tea bushes, and result in a full-bodied tea with rich aromas, minimal astringency, and lasting aftertaste . We recommend our Darjeeling Muscatel tea as a must-try if you are a tea enthusiast or aficionado. Let's raise a cup and toast to the wonder that lies at the heart of Darjeeling.
Number of infusions per 2.5 g: 3-4
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 90°C - 95°C (or 195°F - 205°F)
This whole leaf Darjeeling Muscatel tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping tea as it helps experience all the wonderful 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).
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Mirik is a small, charming town nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. At an elevation of 5000 ft., it is surrounded by lush tea gardens, orange orchards, cardamom plantations, and forests of tall, dark Japanese cedars. Mirik, pronounced as Mir-yok, means ‘a place burnt by fire’ in Lepcha. Its cool and moist climate makes it the perfect setting for growing tea.
Darjeeling Muscatel Tea is a loose leaf black that delights the palate and also offers a multitude of health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, it may also support overall wellness by promoting digestion, reducing acute stress, enhancing relaxation, and contributing to hydration. Studies suggest that black teas also help reduce heart disease and improve brain health. Enjoy a cup of this exquisite tea for a delightful experience.
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.
Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel
A high quality second flush Darjeeling, like ours, which is hand plucked and skillfully processed to ensure whole leaves, on steeping, gives an exquisite cup that can be enjoyed by itself. Remember to steep and re-steep. If you enjoy milk and sugar with your Darjeeling tea, please do so, as everyone has their special way of preparing tea.
Golden tips are the oxidized buds that you see in the dry leaves. Our hand plucked Darjeeling tea has abundant golden buds, which give a delicate, sweet aroma and honey notes.
Darjeeling Summer Gold tea is famous for its exceptional taste, premium quality, potential health benefits, and limited production, making it a prized and sought-after variety of Darjeeling tea. Our Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel is one of the most premium second flush Darjeeling teas as it is hand plucked processed to ensure the delicate leaves do not break during oxidation and are whole leaves with abundant golden buds or tips.
Muscatel is a term used to describe Darjeeling's second flush teas. It means fruity or grapey and is borrowed from Muscatel grapes that make Muscatel wines that are sweet with fruity, floral, and often woody flavor notes. Read more about Muscatel.
Yes, our Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel is a high quality, hand plucked loose leaf black tea.
The Gongfu steeping method originated in China and is a style of steeping tea using a high leaf: water ratio, shorter steeping times, and multiple steepings to enjoy many delicious cups. Learn more about the wonderful world of loose leaf tea.