canton first flush darjeeling
Selimbong Tea Garden, Darjeeling, India
This exceptional First Flush Darjeeling comes from Selimbong, the Land of Orange Trees. Nestled in the spectacular Rongbong Valley, the Selimbong Tea Garden is certified organic, fairtrade and follows biodynamic farming techniques. Its social and environmental integrity is matched by fantastic flavour – look for notes of pistachio and rhubarb.
The tea in the gift box is sealed in a clear compostable 'natureflex' bag, then packed in Canton's hinged-lid, airtight, white tin caddy and slipped inside a smart, black card gift box. The caddy is designed to keep. Use it to store high grade tea leaves bought in larger refill packs.
Ingredients: Black tea (Camellia sinensis)
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step 1: leaves
For one cup, measure out 3 grams (around 1.5 tsp) into your teapot or brew mug.
step 2: water
Heat 250ml of water to 90°C (if you don’t have a thermometer, boil the kettle and leave to cool for a few minutes).
step 3: time
Pour your heated water over the leaves and steep for 3 minutes. Drink.
Top tip: You can infuse these leaves up to two or three times. Just remember to pour out any excess water which may have gone bitter.
An exciting First Flush Darjeeling which marries classic floral, mineral flavour with surprising notes of pistachio, rhubarb and spice.
First Flush means the tea has been picked at the first – and most prized – harvest of the year. For Darjeelings, this period can range from early February to late April (ours was picked at the end of March). Leaves harvested during this period are usually more delicate and tender in nature, producing a fresh, floral and more mineral flavour than those picked later in the year. First Flush Darjeelings are often called the “champagne” of the tea world.
The Selimbong Tea Garden’s organic and biodynamic farming techniques also contribute to the tea’s unique terroir, creating unusual but utterly delicious flavours of fruit, nut and spice.
The Selimbong Tea Garden is world-renowned for high grade teas and has won the prestigious Tea Board of India Quality Award. Founded in 1860, it was a conventional (non-organic) garden until it was taken over by the Tea Promoters India (TPI) group in 1995 and converted to organic. TPI is a family-run organisation that specialises in transforming unsuccessful tea farms into organic farms with a strong social and environmental focus. It is now certified organic and fairtrade by FLO and Naturland, and is one of the only tea gardens in the world to be certified biodynamic by Demeter FR.
Ornamental and shade trees line the fields, and the tea bushes are intercropped with plants like guatemala, lemongrass, citronella, weeping love grass, napier, wild sunflower and many more. Fleets of rabbits, barking deer, armadillo and kalij (wild Himalayan black pheasant) roam the gardens, while the trees are filled with a dizzying array of different bird species. It’s truly nature in balance.
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