Okayti Imperial Musk Second Flush Darjeeling (Organic)
Second flush Darjeeling is judged by many aficionados to be the world’s supreme black tea. The dry leaf has a distinctive “muscatel” aroma. The second flush of the tea has acquired a maturity that so many first flushes lack, smoothing out its rough edges. It is frequently referred to as the champagne of black tea.
When we first heard of the Okayti Estate in Darjeeling we assumed Okayti was a Bengali word and searched for its meaning. Imagine our surprise when we found out it was not Bengali at all. The story behind the tea’s name is that tea merchants in England always gave Queen Victoria first dibs on their tea. When Queen Victoria tasted this estate’s teas Queen Victoria is reputed to have said “this is an okay tea” or “this tea is okay”. Some variation of that anyway. And it became known as the Okay Tea, which was eventually adopted by the estate as Okayti, which was formerly known as the Rangdoo Estate.
Elevation is very important in establishing the flavor of a Darjeeling. In fact Darjeeling has to be grown at a minimum of 3,281 feet to be designated as a Darjeeling tea. Okayti Estate has one of the highest average elevations in the Darjeeling district.
Our 2016 Okayti Imperial Musk Darjeeling is a delicious balanced and smooth tasting tea. Queen Victoria is long gone, but the family tradition apparently continues as it is said that Okayti tea is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite tea. So you may not be able to get a room in Buckingham Palace, but you can at least have the tea.
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.