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Himalayan Shangri-la from Teabox

If I had to choose between dark oolong or green oolong, for me it would be green every time. I find them characterful and unique, with more variation in flavour than I’ve typically found (at least so far…) among their roasted counterparts. And that’s coming from a habitual black tea drinker. Himalayan Shangri-la is a Nepalese Oolong from 2015. It’s a first flush, or spring, oolong comprising highly graded leaves taken from a single estate. The leaf here is pretty impressive – they’re long and twisty, with a high predominance of downy buds, and vary from a dark khaki to Read More

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Darjeeling Sungma First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea Tea Description: Black tea is the most consumed type of tea around the world. Black tea (or red tea in China) is tea made by complete oxidation of the green tea leaf during the manufacturing process. The flavors generally described in Black tea are: aromatic, astringent, biscuity, bold, brisk, crisp, floral, fruity, malty, nutty, smoky, spicy and sweet. Our line of black tea includes some of the best harvests from Organic tea gardens of Darjeeling, Nepal and China besides our own house blends. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Read More

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Singbulli Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea Tea Description: A well-crafted Darjeeling first flush tea, with refreshing floral and lime notes. DRY TEA: Long carefully rolled clonal leaves with shades of light and dark green. Amazingly soft and silky to touch. It has a fluffy body therefore you have to use a little more than usual for to make your cup. The dry leaf has herbaceous notes including lemongrass. INFUSION: The leaves unfurl to vivid green, affording a nose of floral essence. Hints of citrus. CUP: The pale amber liquor yields offers a sweet floral and Read More

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Goomtee China Classic First Flush Darjeeling from Udyan Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling) Where to Buy: Udyan Tea Tea Description: Goomtee is a very well known Darjeeling heritage garden planted with pure china bushes almost a century ago. Picked from special section of the garden called Ghani between 3000-4000 sq.ft. height, this tea is for the strong hearted first flush lovers as it has a strong body with a very slight tinge of muscatel (grape flavour usually associated with second flush Darjeelings). It is a well balanced cup that leaves a stong after taste as well. With repeated steepings, the liquor becomes sweeter and midler. Perfect tea for Read More

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Gielle 1st Flush Darjeeling Black Tea from Harney & Sons

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Harney & Sons Tea Description: This beautiful estate is set off to the side, away from most other Darjeeling estates, and this discreet locale aptly suits the owners of Gielle. They do what they think is best – in particular, to use the old “Chinese” tea bushes and to make an older style First Flush Darjeeling. Our tea mentor, Bernd Wulf, helped to develop this older style back in the 1960s. It was less oxidized than the Darjeelings of that time, thus lighter and greener, yet still with enough body to handle milk Read More