Organic Darjeeling Risheehat Estate 1st Flush
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The champagne of teas. Picked in early Spring, this organic First Flush Darjeeling displays characteristic muscatel and floral notes, then lingers on the palate for ages. A superb tea.
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1.5 tsp per 8 oz of water, 195°F, 3.0-3.5 min. Three minutes and fifteen seconds is usually ideal. This delicate tea can become too astringent if over steeped.
- Grown at the Risheehat Estate, in the mountainous Darjeeling region of northeast India
- This complex organic tea produces flavor notes of crisp, sweet apple, muscat grape, and a delicate floral (orchid) finish. Adding to its depth, the Risheehat's hint of astringency buoys those mouthwatering flavors with a sharp minerality
- The high elevation, volatile weather conditions, and early plucking (late March) each contribute to the benchmark flavor profile of a good 1st flush Darjeeling
- We taste as many 1st flush Darjeelings as we can find as soon as they are released, and only select the one or two best every year
- Because the growing conditions in the Himalayan foothills are somewhat intense (steep slopes, rapid changes in weather, thunderstorms), and because the entire Darjeeling region is no larger than two Manhattans, the supply of first flush teas is extremely limited
- Their rarity (and their deliciousness) causes the finest ones to be auctioned off at premium prices
- They are especially prized in European countries such as France and Germany
- Buttery croissant
- Soft and mild creamy cheese
- Mac and cheese
- Recipes with light mint
- Cream-based desserts
- Fresh, dried, baked or grilled apricots or peaches
- New York style cheese cake
- Collin Street fruit cake
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