April 13, 2016
Darjeeling is one of the most celebrated tea-producing regions in the world, situated in the north-east of India in West Bengal, among the Himalayan foothills between Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. Grown at altitudes ranging from 1000 to 2000 metres, Darjeeling harvests are internationally sought after for their exceptional quality and unique flavour. The high altitudes, cool temperatures, moist climate and distinctive soil yield aromatic tea leaves with a delicate complexity, making them reputedly the champagne of teas.
TWG Tea has plucked the raw and inceptive beauty of spring’s first buds and worked them with immeasurable craft to produce one of the most celebrated teas of the year: the 2016 Darjeeling Nouveau.
The dew of the gods… Grown at altitudes of up to 7,000 feet above sea level at the foot of the Himalayan peaks in the most remote gardens on earth, shrouded in a world of fire and mist, the finest spring tea leaves are selected by TWG Tea Tasters to compose this blend. Notes of candied fruits and the aroma of hazelnut and green almond fill the palate, and melt into a lingering aftertaste of freshly cut grass.
To the delight of tea lovers, TWG Tea will also be offering fourteen 2016 First Flush Darjeeling harvests flown directly from illustrious gardens – Puttabong, Singbulli, Margaret’s Hope... These loose leaf teas, ranging from $25 to $98 for 50g, will be available in limited quantities. Due to varying altitudes and weather conditions, each tea will be announced as soon as it arrives, from late onwards.
Puttabong - Established in 1852, Puttabong is the first known tea estate in Darjeeling’s history. The rolling hills of this phenomenal estate rise to 2,000 metres and end in the crystal waters of the Rangeet River. This is the first estate to produce teas that fetched prices which set a world record. This harvest boasts twisted, jade-green leaves with the aroma of wild berries that infuse into a golden cup with a brilliant, muscatel flavour and a subtle aftertaste of ripe orchard fruits.
Singbulli - This renowned tea estate of the Mirik Valley produces a harvest with alluring emerald-green leaves with silver tips that create a bright cup with refreshing floral notes and an intoxicating taste of fresh grass, followed by al light note of astringency.
The Urban Tea Merchant
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