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Mirik Valley, Darjeeling
First flush, March
5500 - 7000 ft
Old clonal bushes
Whole leaf oolong tea
One of our favorite first flush Darjeeling teas, the Moondrop Oolong, has flavors reminiscent of a Himalayan spring orchard. We have chosen this tea because it is well balanced with exquisite sweet, floral, fruity and herbaceous flavors. It steeps into a delicious medium bodied cup which is rejuvenating to the soul. Luscious fruity aromas and flavors marked by notes of green grapes and honey dew are complemented with sweet floral and herbaceous notes. The whole experience of drinking this tea is highly unique and refreshing. Heritage Moondrop Oolong is the champagne of teas, and is one of the most exquisite first flush Darjeeling teas. It is very special, and definitely a high quality tea that we are very proud to have.
The tea leaves are handpicked from the topmost elevation in Mirik Valley, Darjeeling from fine heritage tea bushes in late March when the tea bushes are just emerging from hibernation. This is a very tippy tea and is composed of the most tender two leaves and a bud. Following plucking, this tea undergoes gentle bruising, oxidation and is fixed prior to drying and so is made in a manner that is slightly different from the traditional Darjeeling first flush teas. We definitely think this tea is a must try and perfect for a tea enthusiast or aficionado.
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 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°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.