Giveaway Alert - continue to the bottom to read details!
Last Friday was a special day! My first flush Darjeeling tea arrived. I'd only ordered it the week before, and I was impressed with the speed of delivery. I ordered from Thunderbolt Tea, and I am very pleased with the service. I was kept informed of the order at all times and have been delighted with the teas!
I ordered the Turzum and the Sungma teas (both classic first flush processing). I also received a surprise sample of the Arya Pearl (a white Darjeeling). All three are certified organic.
I practiced amazing restraint, saving the first tasting to enjoy with some of my Wu-Wo tea friends. We decided to brew using my cupping sets. (The scenes are of tea traveling via wagon and locomotive, and on the sideways cup, tea auctions.)
I've had first flush teas before, but never this closely to having been picked. The look of the leaf (both the Turzum and the Sungma) was much greener than I expected. I brewed the teas at a couple of different temperatures and lengths, but generally cooler than normal, about 190 degrees Farhenheit, for about a minute and a half. Water boils at a lower temperature in Darjeeling, and I was attempting to replicate those natural conditions.
Both teas are excellent, worthy of time and attention, to be consumed with focus and appreciation. Our tasting group fell particularly in love with the Turzum tea, though I don't mean to slight the Sungma in any way! Tasting friends - what are your thoughts?
My tea plant
My own tea plant is flushing right now, see the downy filaments on the baby leaf?
I'm going to share samples of my first flush teas with one lucky winner! To enter (and in recognition of National Poetry Month), leave me a haiku poem that has the words "first flush" included somehow. I'll draw a winner next Thursday, April 26th. Here's one to get you started.
Hush. Tea leaf unfurls.
First flush, the springtime glory;
Listen to the tea.