Torrential Rains 2018 - 3rd-Flush Monsoon Darjeeling

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2018 Torrential Rains - 3rd-Flush Monsoon Darjeeling
Glenburn Estate — Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

One of our everlasting favorites from Glenburn Estate, this black tea out of Darjeeling is sublime. Unlike the first-flush darjeelings, this one is a standard, full-bodied black tea picked late in the season, during the monsoons. The incredible heavy rainfall is present in the leaves of this tea, giving it a rich earthy, very rainy flavor. The astringency you expect from a black is present, giving it a medium-dark tone that warmly accepts milk and/or sugar, but is absolutely enjoyable without.

Brewing Suggestions

  • Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
  • Use boiling (100°C/212°F) water
  • Steep for 2:00, strain leaves, and enjoy!
    • Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra two minutes!
    • 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!
    • Wanna do a tea latte?
      • Use 11g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
      • Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
      • Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
      • Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Indian Darjeeling black tea