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Darjeeling 2021 1st Flush Jungpana Tea Estate

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Black Tea

 

Jungpana Tea Estate
2021 1st Flush

 

Manufacture:  Orthodox
Grade
: SFTGFOP 1 China

 

Organic

Cultivar: China tea bush varietal leaf
Oxidation: approximately 75% oxidation
Wither: medium wither

 

Appearance: even coloration, beautifully consistent, medium-size ‘cut’. Hand-rolled leaf. Perfection, really, in an open-style Darjeeling manufacture
Flavor: high-grade leaf that offers crispness with no bitterness; full-body and a stylish cup . The flavor is filled with nuance – it has a lush softness and a buttery body that speaks to Darjeeling enthusiasts. There is also a a little Asian pear in the crisp taste.
Aroma: it is fresh, crisp and more to the herbaceous direction than the floral
Liquor: clear golden-amber colored liquor

 

 

Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India
100% Pure, Un-blended Darjeeling tea
High-grade leaf from a limited spring production

2021 1st Flush  (March)

 

1st Flush Darjeeling – February/March
2nd Flush Darjeeling – April/May

 

Spring is the peak time for new leaf growth as the tea bushes awaken from winter hibernation. These early-harvest, first-plucked Darjeelings are known as 1st Flush teas. This plucking season is followed by the harvest of 2nd Flush Darjeelings, which completes the annual spring harvest cycle.

 

Darjeeling tea is highly sought after worldwide for its smooth, rich muscatel flavor and fine bouquet. It is often referred to as the ‘Champagne’ of tea because of its elegance and finesse in the cup. The Darjeeling tea gardens are located in the Lesser Himalaya Range of West Bengal in Northern India. The flavor of Darjeeling tea is greatly influenced by the mist-shrouded environment of the tea gardens (which are scattered over the hills and valleys at 5,000- 6,700 feet in altitude) and the slow maturity of plant development in cool, high-altitude locations.

 

Supremely elegant and lively in the cup, 1st and 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas are among our most prized teas.

 

Use 1 Tablespoon (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 1 infusion at 2-3 minutes
Water temperature should be 185°F-195° F

Our goal again this year regarding 1st Flush Darjeeling teas has been to procure more variety and less depth than we formerly offered ‘back in the old days’. The planet’s ‘new weather’ seems to agree and has helped to produce many delicious teas for 2021. We will have Darjeeling teas with a softer, less astringent flavor profile, and also ones in the brisk, more modern ‘European’ (green) style.

 

So whatever style you prefer – or if you enjoy them all – this is expected to be another great year for tea, and Darjeeling/Nepal/Himalaya tea in particular. The more normal amount of rainfall has increased the moisture in the leaf which leads to less breakage, a deeper flavor, and better keeping potential. Also, the teas will likely ‘age’ well and mature in flavor, rather than diminish, over the next 10-15 months.

 

Being able to basically take a year off from being harvested, (due to pandemic restrictions on harvesting, manufacture, shipping, etc) has in most cases been good for the plants, the leaf, and the gardens in general, so the taste this year is expected to contribute to what is hoped to be a “Vintage Year”.

The Jungpana Tea Estate is situated near the famous town of Darjeeling. The tea gardens have an excellent location and altitude; they lie at 3,000 – 4500 ft and are blessed with a nurturing south-facing orientation. The exceptional quality of tea produced at this estate is derived almost exclusively from China jat – leaf plucked from China tea bush varietals. The distinctive flavor components of this leaf will stimulate the palate and refresh the taste buds. Fresh, lively and pure – glorious Darjeeling tea flavor is featured once again in this 2021 harvest.

Tea Trekker’s selection of 1st Flush tea from Jungpana Tea Estate for 2021 was simple to make, because their tea is so delicious this year! However, we selected a lot that we particularly like and offer it to you for your enjoyment too. There is a soothing mellowness to this tea this year, and that seems a good thing after the frantic years leading up to, and including, 2020. The color of the liquor and this tea’s overall style is completely positive.

What is noticeably distinctive about the early Darjeeling 1st Flush teas in general this year are the full body and richly-flavored quality. It is a good year in general and certainly the teas have great flavor components and taste. The weather during the late winter lead-in to the flush seasons was more ‘normal’ than it has been in recent memory, with plentiful rainfall just in time for the buds and subsequent leaf to plump up and develop a more mature flavor than is typical for a 1st Flush, and, in many instances, the 2021 early teas have a pronounced quality and deep, concentrated flavor. They are, in general, right on the flavor line at which crisp meets muscatel; and we think that is a great position for a high quality Darjeeling!

This year’s 2021 1st Flush tea from Jungpana Tea Estate is a connoisseurs’ treat: classic ‘biscuit’ flavor accented with several light influences of traditional ‘tea’ flavor profiles: significant elements of stone fruit aroma and flavor, and the ever-so-slight aroma that one picks up from the earth when walking at a wood’s edge after a brief shower.

The dry leaf shows a dark coloration with an abundance of tip and open spiral leaf.

There is very-little-to-no green leaf, and the extremely early-season-warming this year contributed a less astringent and assertive style in the cup. The leaf is not finicky – it can be steeped longer than most Darjeeling teas and retain a clear, pure flavor profile.

This tea will accept dairy and/or sweetener, but we prefer it plain, so that all the nuance of the complex flavors can dance on the palate.

The aroma is clean and light but very intriguing and encourages further exploration. You will find that the aroma is in perfect proportion to the flavor, so they work in tandem to provide a wonderful, complete flavor package.

This tea has a wonderful concentration of flavor that belies its initial sense of lightness. Use plenty of leaf because it is bulky due to its open style. Let it steep long – it will not challenge you, but reward you with incredible flavor and depth.

If you are looking for a classic, organically-produced 1st Flush Darjeeling tea from an esteemed garden, this is your tea!

To consistently produce some of the finest Darjeeling in the world for over a century, the management at Jungpana plucks only the most delicate leaves. They have mastered the intricacies of manufacture, and have premium quality as their priority. The Jungpana Estate was planted by the British, then owned initially by the Scotland-based Duncan Brothers. Later, it was owned by the Ranas of Nepal and thereafter has been with the Kejriwal family for more than five decades.