As you all know, Darjeeling teas have different flushes according to the season they are harvested. There are first flush, second flush and third flush Darjeeling. Every flush has its distinct flavor and characteristic. No tow batch has the same taste.
First flush is the first plucking season of Darjeeling tea in which a bud and two new leaves are plucked. This flush occurs generally from middle of March to May and blends of this flush have highest quality. This variant of Darjeeling is usually tender and more delicate and obtains light color liquor. It also has greater fragrance than other variants and offers a floral muscatel taste.
Darjeeling first flush teas are less oxidized and hence, have more greenish color than any black tea. Do you know this variant is the priciest tea in the market? This first flush Darjeeling is referred to as the “Champagne of Teas”. It is for their vibrant liquor and high demand compared to low supply that first flush blends are so expensive in beverage market.
Darjeeling First Flush is just perfect as an enchanting cup of afternoon tea!!!
Brewing Instructions for First Flush Darjeeling
Every blend has different brewing process. However, steeping time depends on personal preference of the drinker. You have to add 1 heaped scoop of first flush Darjeeling in a teapot and infuse it in boiling water for around 4 minutes to extract its exquisite flavor and aroma. When brewed properly, this flush will obtain light golden liquor.
Food Pairings for Darjeeling First Flush
First flush blends taste great when consumed on their own. However, some drinkers might like to pair this beverage with some foods. In that case, here are some foods that go well with this variant of Darjeeling tea –
- Carrot cake
- Delicate pastries
- Lemon shortbread
- Smoked salmon
- Light creamy cheese like goat’s cheese
So, any of these combinations of food and beverage will work great! Tea of this flush is appreciated just like any fine quality wine. Just as anyone will take the pleasure of a cup of wine, similarly, he can enjoy the floral taste of a cup of first flush tea from Darjeeling.
It is an amazing tea for both novice drinkers and tea connoisseurs! If you want to grow the habit of drinking tea, this is the right blend to choose. You will experience a delicate flavor of the Himalayan region where the tea is produced.