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Second Flush, June
Whole leaf oolong Tea
Golden Summer Muscatel is a second flush, artisanal oolong and is an excellent choice for someone who desires a high quality muscatel. It is extremely well crafted and has a marvelous, rich mouthfeel. The honey and fruit flavors of dried mango, grape and peach are more prominent, with an undertone of aged oak and hay.
To completely develop the flavors and ensure that the tea has a rich mouthfeel, this whole leaf tea is expertly crafted. In June, before the monsoons hit Mirik and the tea flavors get diluted with too much rain water, the finest two leaves or single leaf and a bud are hand plucked from the tea bushes. Then the leaves undergo outdoor withering, oxidation, fixation, hand rolling and drying. We recommend our Golden Summer Muscatel as a must try if you are a tea enthusiast or aficionado.
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 tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping 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).
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 make it the perfect setting for growing tea.
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.