The term "First Flush" refers to the initial tea leaf harvest of a particular growing season, which is highly valued and sought after. These teas are renowned for their delicate flavour, bright appearance, and superior quality. The leaves are harvested in early spring when the tea plants emerge from their winter dormancy, and their tender nature captures the unique characteristics of the tea plant varietal and terroir. "Moonshine tea" is a term used to describe teas with a higher alcohol content. This is achieved through a specific fermentation process that allows the tea leaves to naturally ferment for an extended period, resulting in a distinct flavour and aroma profile.

If you are planning to buy moonshine tea, here is an interesting read on our first flush moonshine tea: 

Our Darjeeling Liza Hill First Flush Moonshine 2023 is a meticulously crafted tea, using only freshly plucked leaves and buds from a specific clonal section grown on the slopes of Liza Hill. This exceptional moonshine tea offers a remarkable blend of flavours and is an ideal selection for tea connoisseurs who value intricate craftsmanship and a rich, multifaceted taste experience. The Darjeeling Liza Hill First Flush Moonshine 2023 is grown in the verdant fields of the esteemed Risheehat Tea Estate. 

Situated in a picturesque valley renowned for cultivating exquisite organic teas, the Risheehat Tea Estate stands as a testament to natural beauty and exceptional tea production. The estate benefits from its hilly terrain, fertile soil, favourable climate, and abundant rainfall, all of which create the perfect environment for cultivating the finest organic Darjeeling teas. Located a mere 14 kilometres east of the main city area of Darjeeling, Risheehat garden offers breathtaking views of the town itself and the majestic Kanchenjunga peak to the north. The name "Risheehat" carries a sacred meaning, translating to "Home of Holy Saints." 

Originally established by British planters in the mid-19th century, the garden was initially known as Tsering Bagan due to the presence of the local Tsering tribe. In 1955, the management of Jayshree Tea acquired the garden, which is now divided into two main divisions: Risheehat Main Division and Liza Hill Division.

With an annual production exceeding 180 tons, the estate prides itself on cultivating certified bio-organic teas while maintaining an impressive zero percent vacancy on its premises. In recognition of its commitment to quality and sustainability, the estate holds notable certifications, including Fair Trade, ISO 1901:2008 awarded by TUV NORD, HACCP, and organic certificates for NPOP, POP, and JAS bestowed by IMO.

To prepare a delightful cup of our Darjeeling Liza Hill First Flush Moonshine 2023, we recommend following these brewing instructions:

Start with Quality Water: Begin by using filtered or bottled water to ensure the purest taste.

Heat the Water: Bring the water to a boil in a kettle or pot. 

Measure the Tea: Take 2.5-3 grams of loose tea leaves for each cup you plan to brew. Adjust the amount according to your personal taste preferences and the strength of flavour you desire.

Infusion Time: Place the measured tea leaves into a teapot or tea infuser. Pour the hot water over the leaves and let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes. Steeping time can be adjusted based on your preferred strength of the tea. Longer steeping times will intensify the flavour, while shorter times may result in a lighter cup.

Strain and Serve: After the desired steeping time, carefully strain the brewed tea into a teacup, using a fine mesh strainer or a tea infuser.

Savour the Aroma and Flavor: Take a moment to appreciate the enticing aroma that wafts from the cup, hinting at the complex flavours that await.