May 03, 2012
The most renowned Darjeeling estates craft their teas by hand in the most natural and artisanal fashion, and no two gardens or harvests taste alike. Thus, the TWG Tea taster is called to distinguish between the finest of these, to select the most exquisite 2012 harvests for you to enjoy.
“King of black teas”
The exceptional harvests of the celebrated region of Darjeeling are rich in aroma and complex in flavour, with outstanding notes of ripe fruits and nuts. These noble and precious teas are grown in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal between Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan in a land of cloud and mist, at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 feet. The most renowned Darjeeling estates craft their teas by hand in the most natural and artisanal fashion, and no two gardens or harvests taste alike. Thus, the TWG Tea taster is called to distinguish between the finest of these, to select the most exquisite 2012 harvests for you to enjoy. An exceptional taste in limited quantity reserved for privileged tea lovers!
Packaged in TWG Tea's Haute Couture Collection - $95 each
This exclusive TWG Tea first flush harvest is one of the most fragrant Darjeeling teas. The finely rolled, olive- green leaves from the Phuguri estate glimmer with silver tips and an enticing aroma of deep red summer fruits. An infusion of golden amber yields a robust taste that will awaken your taste buds and leave a lingering aftertaste of Brazil and hazelnuts. The ideal afternoon tea.
$40 per 50grams
“Den of Tigers”
First planted in 1864, the lush green Tukdah estate in the Teesta Valley was the legendary home to as many tigers as blades of grass. Today, the marvellous teas are harvested at elevations of 800 to 2,000 metres, and boast a uniquely smooth and suave strength. Beautiful, finely rolled, sap-green leaves with silver-green tips, exude a remarkable fragrance of ripe peach and banana. With a translucent, amber-coloured infusion, this tea is aromatic in flavour and delivers a cup, racy and vivacious with a short finish and subtle bite. A dazzling afternoon tea. $52 per 50grams
Separated from Nepal by a simple stream, the Okayti tea estate, founded in 1888, harvests some of the most exquisite teas in the world for TWG Tea. The lush gardens are spread out over undulating terrain at altitudes of 1,300 to 2,000 metres, and the first flush is eagerly awaited by connoisseurs each spring. The 2012 harvest boasts delicate pistachio-green rolled leaves which exude a pronounced flavour of mangoes, papaya and guava. A shimmering topaz-coloured infusion yields a buttery aroma with a round, mellow finish and boasts a lengthy aftertaste of grassy meadows and wild flowers. The preferred tea of Queen Victoria. $28 per 50grams
Established in 1852, Puttabong is the first known tea estate in Darjeeling history. The rolling hills of this phenomenal estate rise to 6,500 feet and end in the crystal waters of the Rangeet River. This is the first estate to produce teas that fetched prices that set a world record. The 2012 harvest boasts twisted, jade-green leaves boast an aroma of wild berries which infuse into a golden cup with a brilliant, muscatel flavour and a subtle aftertaste of ripe orchard fruits. $45.75 per 50grams
2012 first flush Darjeeling preparation tips: 3.5 g/cup, water 95 °, infusion for 3 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes before tasting.
An exceptional taste in limited quantity reserved for privileged tea lovers!
All New TWG Tea Darjeelings are available to purchase at The Urban Tea Merchant - Downtown or online.
1070 West Georgia Street (entrance from Alberni Street)