2018 Muscatel Dreams - 2nd-Flush Darjeeling
Liza Hill Estate — Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Everyone knows to ask for a 1st-Flush Darjeeling, right? It's the cream of the crop, the best of the best. Right?
Then you haven't had a good 2nd-Flush.
Flush refers to the picking, so this is the second picking of the year (usually in mid-to-late may), which is significantly stronger than the first. A 1st-flush is noted for it's complete lack of astringency and brilliant fruity undertones. But a 2nd-Flush had all that with the backing of a powerful black tea behind it, and even stronger fruity tones. In this tea, fresh from Liza Hill Estate, you'll get a nice rich black tea flavor with blooming overtones of muscatel grapes and incredible swirly fruity undertones. This is our favorite black tea of the season so far, and it's absolutely worth the price tag.
We suggest not making this one with any milk or sugar, and not as a latte. Also, we suggest sticking to the steep time pretty close here. We've tried it at 1:00, and it's just not strong enough to taste, and we've tried it at 1:30, and the astringency overpowers the rich fruity notes one looks for in a 2nd-Flush Darjeeling.
If that's not how you like it, though, drink away! We absolutely will not shame you; we're not here to judge, just to provide a delicious product. There is no wrong way to drink tea, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
- Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
- Use boiling (100°C/212°F) water
- Steep for 1:15, strain leaves, and enjoy!
- Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra minute!
- Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
- Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
Indian Darjeeling black tea.