Organic Darjeeling Victoria's Peak, 1st Flush, 2019

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Named after Queen Victoria, this special 2019 tea is from the very first harvest of the year following the Spring rains. The flavor is fresh, herbaceous, with notes of muscatel, and a substantial and lingering mouthfeel.  A distinctive and decadent cup of tea!

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  • 1.5 heaping tsp per 8 oz of water, 195°F,  3 to 3.5 min. This delicate tea can become too astringent if over steeped, and we've found it is near perfect at three minutes and fifteen seconds.

    • First Flush Darjeelings are considered the "Vintage Champagne" of tea. 
    • The high elevation, volatile weather conditions, and early plucking (late March) each contribute to the benchmark flavor profile of a good 1st flush Darjeeling
    • Of the dozens we tried this year, this one clearly stood out as the best
    • Because the growing conditions in the Himalayan foothills are somewhat intense, and because the 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
    • Macarons
    • 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
  • India, Darjeeling black tea: 100%

  • Darjeeling Margaret's Hope Estate (2nd flush), Silver Needles, Golden Needles, Gyokuro

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