Announcing Our 2021 First Flush Darjeeling
April 12, 2021
The Republic of Tea is delighted to announce the release of our 2021 First Flush Darjeeling Tea from Tindharia Tea Estate. Regarded as the ultimate tea experience, only limited quantities of this premium, freshly plucked tea are available for purchase. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!
First Flush Darjeeling from Tindharia Tea Estate
This year’s outstanding first flush Darjeeling was carefully selected from Tindharia Tea Estate. This picturesque, organic tea estate is located in the Kurseong subdivision of the Darjeeling district in the state of West Bengal, India.
Set at an elevation ranging from 400 to 1,000 meters, Tindharia is surrounded by lush green hills and valleys. Shady, cool and often shrouded in mist and clouds, the location of Tindharia Tea Estate is ideal for growing high quality Darjeeling tea.
Tindharia’s premium first flush Darjeeling was plucked over the course of two days, on March 15th and 16th, as the delicate tea leaves matured slowly this year. But the cup was worth the wait; decorated with downy silver tips, this enthralling selection yields a glistening amber-gold hue and a lively, aromatic taste.
We have air freighted this hand-plucked Darjeeling to ensure the freshest possible cup. With limited quantities available, we are delighted to share this exclusive, freshly-plucked tea with our Citizens. Enjoy this ultimate tea experience, sip by sip.
The first sip is captivating, with hints of fresh sweet corn and a buttery smooth finish. Fresh floral notes highlight the tropical fruit sweetness. Truly tastes like sunshine in a cup!
The Gallery Collection Artwork
The artwork was created by our Minister of Citizen Satisfaction, Heather Stanley. She was inspired by the misty fog and majestic sunsets over the picturesque tea gardens on The Republic of Tea’s trip to origin. This is the nineteenth in the Darjeeling Art Collectors’ Series.
About First Flush Darjeeling Tea
Many tea aficionados consider first flush Darjeeling to be the finest cup of tea that the Camellia sinensis plant is capable of producing. For those not familiar with first flush Darjeeling, allow us to explain what makes this such an exceptional experience.
Darjeeling is regarded as the “champagne of tea.” According to the Tea Board of India, in order for a tea to be certified as 100% Darjeeling it must be cultivated, grown and harvested within the Darjeeling region, with restrictions on growing altitude and tea bush type.
Nestled against the cool, lush mountain ranges of northeastern India, the Darjeeling region yields delicate teas with a uniquely light, sweet flavor and floral notes. The taste of Darjeeling tea is unlike that of any other, making it one of the most prized varietals around the globe.
Furthermore, only 87 tea gardens in the world are authorized to label their tea as genuine Darjeeling, and production of this varietal accounts for just one percent of India’s total tea output. Thanks to these strict growing standards, limited quantities and distinctive flavor, Darjeeling is one of the world’s most exclusive and noteworthy teas.
“First flush” refers to the very first tea harvest of the season, which occurs during early spring. At this time of year, the new leaves and buds are exceptionally delicate and tender, yielding a cup that is fresh, light and floral. This harvest window is very short, and after it ends, each subsequent flush will have a different flavor and aroma due to the more mature leaves.