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Mirik Valley in Darjeeling
First Flush, March 2021
5500 to 7000 ft
Lightly oxidized whole leaf black tea
We have chosen this artisanal Darjeeling First Flush because it is absolutely exquisite. It is exceptionally fragrant and reminiscent of the heady perfume from a blooming spring floral garden. It is rich, yet delicate with notes of jasmine, chrysanthemum, honeysuckle and a hint of white peach. As its name suggests, this treasure is something you want to keep tucked safely away and bring out on special occasions. Definitely a recommendation for a tea enthusiast or tea aficionado.
This tea from Mirik Valley in Darjeeling, is made from leaves of the AV-2 cultivar. The AV-2 cultivar gives the sweet and rich flavors that make Darjeeling teas very special. The leaves are hand plucked from the highest altitude of the tea garden during the first few weeks of spring (first pick). When the tea bushes are fresh out of hibernation from a prolonged winter,the most tender young leaves and buds are plucked. After plucking, the leaves are dried naturally for a prolonged period, minimally oxidized and delicately rolled and dried. It is made in extremely small micro-ghani batches and so supply of this highly coveted whole leaf tea is always limited.
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 185°F - 195°F (or 85°C - 90°C)
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 weather and natural conditions 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.