TWG Tea's 2013 first flush Darjeeling harvests have just arrived

May 17, 2013

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Committed to sourcing the world’s finest harvests, TWG Tea is delighted to announce the arrival of the coveted first flush Darjeeling harvests for 2013. 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 2013 harvests for you to enjoy.

To herald the arrival of spring harvests, TWG Tea is presenting connoisseurs with the finest quality loose leaf teas in limited quantities from the remarkable estates:

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Tukdah FTGFOP1First 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 25 grams

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Lingia FTGFOP1Situated in Darjeeling’s Golden Valley, bordering Nepal in a triangle of eight mountain peaks, this estate is over 140 years old. At altitudes of over 1,800 metres, facing the snow-clad peaks of Kanchenjunga, the tea bushes enjoy the miraculous work of evening moonbeams, which impart this tea with a uniquely glossy and sparkling quality. With leaves that are pear-green with silvery spikes, this tea exudes a fragrance of young papaya, mango and toasted hazelnuts and infuses into a jonquil-yellow cup that is suave, airy and fruity with intonations of exotic starfruit and rose. $54 per 25 grams

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Haute Couture - Darjeeling NouveauA special seasonal addition to TWG Tea’s Haute Couture collection is the Darjeeling Nouveau 2013. A distinguished blend of 2013 Darjeeling harvests, the Darjeeling Nouveau exudes a heady aroma and intricate fruit flavours. With each renowned Darjeeling estate crafting their teas so that each garden and harvest tastes different, the Darjeeling Nouveau blends are specially created each year to select the most exquisite harvests. Gifted in a beautiful Haute Couture tin retailed at $68 (100g).


Celebrate the spring season with more of TWG Tea Darjeeling’s

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Earl Grey Fortune –This strong and full-bodied first flush Darjeeling is blended with TWG bergamot to yield a most robust and balanced cup. $17 per 50 grams

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Maharajah Darjeeling - A tea as dazzling as it is bold, this majestic blend of first and second flush harvests from the highest Darjeeling plateaus is accented with mysterious spices and a delicious note of sweetness. A tea for a grand occasion. $11 per 50 grams

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Weekend in Bombay Tea - Uniquely charismatic as the city it embodies, this first flush Darjeeling enhanced with the fresh citrus overtones of TWG Tea bergamot produces a robust cup with velvety accents of cane sugar. $14 per 50 grams

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Margaret’s Hope (2nd Flush) FTGFOP1 – The second flush Darjeeling of this prestigious garden is a favourite of connoisseurs. This TWG Tea summer harvest infuses into a copper-red cup and develops a taste of delicious ripe fruits. The elegant floral bouquet lends itself perfectly to a light afternoon snack. $21 per 50 grams

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Amour de The – This sensual TWG Tea Darjeeling is blended with delicate rose blossoms and leaves of pure gold. An enchanting potion. $39 per 50 grams