Goomtee First Flush Darjeeling 2015
First flush Darjeelings are the earliest spring pickings of the tea plants in the Darjeeling area. The tea leaves in the first flush are at their richest point in terms of catechins, caffeine, and L-theanine. This is why the tea exhibits a raw, youthful energy.
First flush Darjeelings are the least oxidized of all the Darjeelings. They are less oxidized for three reasons. First, because the tea leaves coming out of the winter cold naturally lack much moisture. Second, in addition to the natural dryness of the leaves the teas are subjected to a hard withering. A hard withering means the tea withers longer than normal. Withering removes moisture from the leaves. For a tea to oxidize it needs two things: oxidase enzymes and moisture. Since first flush Darjeelings have less moisture from the dry winter weather and after the hard withering, they cannot oxidize as completely as other black teas. Third, In addition to the lack moisture, the leaves are submitted to a shorter oxidation period than a normal black tea.
We are very proud of our Goomtee 1st flush Darjeeling. It exhibits more balance than one finds in most 1st flush Darjeelings. The Goomtee Estate was established in 1899 has over 100 years of experience in producing fine Darjeeling teas. Goomtee means “in the bend of the road”. The elevations of their gardens range from 2500 to 6500 feet.
Use 2 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water. Generally this works out to a teaspoon per every 6 ounces of water. Steep for 3 minutes with 180-degree water. This tea is not recommended with milk.