Darjeeling Sourenee Tea Estate 2nd Flush black tea

Darjeeling Sourenee Tea Estate 2020 2nd Flush


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Black Tea

Darjeeling Sourenee Tea Estate

2nd Flush (June)




Grade: ‘Summer’ Special
Cultivar: China tea bush varietal leaf
Oxidation: very long, fully-oxidized black tea
Wither: short wither


Appearance: Orthodox manufacture, traditional 2nd Flush Darjeeling leaf with a particularly dark coloration and light tippiness
Flavor: smooth, deep flavor with no astringency
Aroma: cacao, netted melon, and dried wood bark aroma
Liquor: dark copper-amber liquor


Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India
100% Pure, Un-blended Darjeeling tea

2020 2nd Flush (June)


1st Flush Darjeeling – February/March and April 2020
2nd Flush Darjeeling – June (primarily)


Spring is the peak time for new leaf growth as the tea bushes awaken from winter hibernation. The early-harvest, first-plucked Darjeelings are known as 1st Flush teas. That plucking season is followed by the harvest of 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas, 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 traditionally among our most prized teas.


Use 1 Tablespoon (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 1 infusion at 3-4  minutes*
Water temperature should be 185°F-195° F


*Steeping Tips:

When steeped with a slightly generous measure (as we prefer to do) the liquor develops into a stunning copper/amber colour that we find mesmerizing. We are often tempted to steep a second cup too, and although lighter overall, we find it enjoyable and worth the effort.


This pluck is quite voluminous so it needs a generous measure if determined by volume measure rather than by weight. The 1 Tablespoon in our measurement will yield approx. 2.5 grams of leaf by weight.


My goal again this year regarding our Darjeeling tea selection has been to procure more variety and less depth than we formerly offered ‘back in the old days’. The weather seemed to agree and has helped to produce many delicious teas for 2020. We have Darjeeling 1st Flush tea with a softer, less astringent flavor profile, at least one bold and strident one, and also ones in the brisk, more modern ‘European’ (green) style. So whatever style you prefer – or if you enjoy them all – this is a great year for tea, and Darjeeling in particular (especially anticipated have been the 2nd Flush teas). The more normal amount of rainfall has increased the moisture in the leaf which leads to less breakage and a deeper flavor and better keeping potential. Also the teas will likely ‘age’ well and increase in flavor rather than diminish over the next 10-15 months.


I selected Tea Trekker’s 1st Flush Darjeeling teas for 2020 at a slightly later date than usual this Spring due to the pandemic, and those deliveries traveled by air courier to arrive only slightly ‘late’. Replacement inventory and new additions were added during the season, in between the challenges of floods, a monsoon, pandemic lockdowns and the related, necessary interruptions in land, air, and sea travel.

The 2020 2nd Flush teas are quite good this year, though extremely late to arrive! This is possibly the latest that our 2nd Flush Darjeeling teas have ever arrived…in 40+ years. Their time of harvest ranges from May into July, as the weather and garden access were finicky this season. The 2nd Flush teas have spectacular coloration, and the flavor is full and deep, due to a long growing season and reasonably late harvest time.

I trust that you will enjoy my selections.

rjh December 2020

Sourenee Tea Estate, in West Bengal, India has been in operation producing highest-quality Darjeeling tea for more than 100 years.

We love the name Sourenee – it is a combination of the named, local hybrid tea bush (pron. ‘ser’) and the dialectic term for ‘queen of the valley’ (pron. ‘renny’). Grown in the steeply-sloped and dramatically-scenic Mirik Valley region, this tea will transport you to the exotic Himalaya … right in your chair, wherever you are!

During our sample tasting, we found the flavor of this 2nd Flush Sourenee tea to be a classic – fresh, simple, and smooth, without any harshness but with pleasant astringency. Having a solid aroma that demands further investigation (and then well-deserved appreciation) and a concentrated flavor that is reliable, familiar and complex, this 2nd Flush tea is stunning in its straightforward way, with the right amount of complexity to keep the most enthusiastic tea drinker interested. It is very ‘rich’, which is an adjective not usually associated with a 2nd Flush Darjeeling tea, (or any Darjeeling tea for that matter!), but it is very mouth-filling and full of wonderful, deep flavour notes. When steeped with a slightly generous measure (as we prefer to do) the liquor develops into a stunning copper/amber colour that we find mesmerizing. We are often tempted to steep a second cup too, and although lighter overall, we find it enjoyable and worth the effort.

This 2nd Flush tea from Sourenee is smooth, flavorful, and non-assertive. We liked it very much, and know that organic 2nd Flush Darjeeling tea that is as good as this one is can be hard to come by. A current goal of the owners of this tea estate is to further their established reputation for manufacturing world-class, delicious tea by the addition of organic certification (since April 2009). We celebrate their success with that!

Excellent drunk cool or iced (it is an excellent tea for blending into an ‘Arnold Palmer’)  – and when enjoyed hot it can be drunk with milk, or any addition(s) that you choose, and of course, plain.