First Flush Darjeeling Teesta Valley FTGFOP1- FF - Loose Tea
From the foothills of the Himalayas, the Darjeeling region is the most prestigious tea growing region in the world. First Flush Darjeeling is known as the Champagne of teas because of its exquisite flavour. The first flush refers to the first picking period between mid March and the end of May, when the spring rains stimulate new growth on the tea bushes, resulting in light bodied tea with intense aromas.
The Teesta Valley first flush is from one of the highest plantations in Darjeeling and was one of the first to be awarded a gold medal for excellent quality. Ideal tea growing climatic conditions results in tea which achieves the highest prices at auction. It is of the finest quality with many tips and the typical flowery nutty flavour we associate with Darjeeling tea.
F- Finest, T - Tippy, an abundance of flowering buds, G- golden, the colour the tips turn after oxidation, F- flowery, the floral aroma released, O-orange, a reference to the dutch royals who first imported the tea, P- pekoe, the fine white downy hairs on the newest bud.