It's that time of the year again when Darjeeling's second biggest tea season after First Flush commences, namely Darjeeling Second Flush. World knows this region as the producer of finest Darjeeling Muscatel tea varieties. The true muscatel varieties occur only during the Second Flush Darjeeling tea season. Most of the Darjeeling Second Flush Muscatel tea varieties come packed with various degree of complex set of fruity flavor. Muscatel flavor is the one that is prominent. This Darjeeling Second Flush 2016, we bring you one of the top line varieties. Hope you like them!
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The Search for Second Flush Darjeeling Tea 2016:
After prolonged hiking, riding, driving and bouncing from one tea bush to another, here's a bunch of Second Flush Darjeeling Tea 2016 chosen for you all. The pursuit for that extremely rare heap of tea lying in one corner of a tea garden is hard. Its really an art to recognize the 'gem-tea' out of hundreds and the art is not something which you master overnight, but with time and experience. We have been doing this for long and that is why we are able to bring you only the “crème de la crème” varieties of Darjeeling Teas every season. And yes, we only sell Darjeeling Teas and are exclusive sellers of the same.
Darjeeling Second Flush 2016 Muscatel Tea season at a glance:
This 2016, Darjeeling Second Flush muscatel tea variety production was in abundance. In the previous years, Darjeeling faced acute rainfall crisis and the bushes remained dry. Very little produce was noticed, but this year there was ample amount of rainfall. Sadly, there was too much rain and this caused the quality to go down. When looked at it, the quantity of production grew large, but quality decreased. Now, there was even a bigger challenge for us. Choosing from fewer varieties is easier, but choosing from a larger variety is harder. Darjeeling Tea Estates started producing invoices after invoices and we had to keep our cool. We had to hunt for that perfect Darjeeling Second Flush muscatel tea. After tons of tea tastings we could lay our hands on a selected few.
Second Flush Darjeeling 2016 Tea tasting video. Benoy finally chooses one tea after tasting 3 sets of teas. The one in the video is one set
We got hold of some new Darjeeling Tea Estates like Runglee Rungliot and Phuguri. We skipped some as the teas were mediocre, but the price tag was higher pertaining to the tea garden's popularity.
Hope you have a good slurping time with our high end 2016 Darjeeling Second Flush Muscatel teas. And lastly, A Big Shout Out to all the Tea Lovers who have shared their "Tea Journey" together with us - Hearty THANKS to all our beloved Tea Friends for trusting us and for being with us. Thanks and yes, Cheers! Anyway, the list is in front of you, some are highly affordable and some a little expensive. Try out our hand picked teas and judge for yourselves. Happy Tea Sipping!
GIDDAPAHAR MUSK (EX 58)
[DARJEELING SECOND FLUSH 2016]
A excellent classic graded china variety 2016 Darjeeling Second Flush Muscatel Tea sampled by Mr. Sudhangshu, proprietor of Giddapahar Tea Estate. We first bought this in '09 when it was unknown to the world and it received a lot of positive feedbacks from our tea friends. We were happy in promoting it. Giddapahar no doubt produces affordable good quality Darjeeling Teas. We couldn't avoid buying this year's produce. An affordable Darjeeling muscatel tea for tea connoisseurs who are a fan of that muscatel flavor.
This Second Flush Darjeeling Tea 2016 is a new find for us. We skipped some tea garden Second Flush teas for this. This is a marvelous tea produced with intricate care. It is produced from it's own branded RR (Runglee Rungliot) clonal tea bushes. It has its own unique characteristics quite different from AV2 clonals which you keep on hearing. RR cultivar seems to be a very fine producer of Darjeeling Teas and it won our hearts this year. A lovely tea to try!
Amongst all the line of Darjeeling black tea jewels that Arya produces, Arya Moonbeam is considered the most intricately observed tea in production, yielding out into an outstanding tea. This year's 2016 Second Flush Arya Diamond tea has been entitled of having all the good qualities in all spheres of its overall characteristics, be it apperance, infusion or the liqor in the tea cup. A high grade Darjeeling Second Flush tea to try!
When we look back at tea history, Darjeeling has been tagged as the muscatel tea producer which directs Darjeeling Tea to be synonymous with the muscatel flavor. But Darjeeling is slowly evolving with time. There are numerous tea gardens in Darjeeling and the best muscatel tea producer is definitely Castleton Tea Garden. Castleton has carried on the legacy of producing one of the best china Darjeeling Second Flush muscatel varieties. This 2016 Second Flush Darjeeling season, we could try numerous varieties/lot/invoices of the same. We bought this particular invoice having the best muscatel profile. Try for yourselves!
Arya Tea Estate in Darjeeling is a very scenic tea estate with lots of history entwined. There line of jewels have always pleased us and we are a fan of all of their teas. Ruby was the first tea which had inspired us to look into Arya Teas. From that day onwards, we haven't had a chance to complain about non of it's teas. Ruby is one of the prized stars in their line of jewel teas. A tea made from pure AV2 clonal tea leaves, having completely a different profile. It's a high graded organic Second Flush Darjeeling tea all can enjoy!
An exclusive variety of 2016 Second Flush Darjeeling Tea from Singbulli Tea Estate. This tea represents and excels giving it a high pedestal in terms of quality and overall taste of the tea. In fact its got a perfect Second Flush appearance which a true clonal variety should actually possess. An affordable and enjoyable organic clonal tea from Singbulli Tea Estate.
This is a new entrant in our list of Darjeeling Second Flush 2016 teas. We seem guilty to have avoided this tea garden in the past when we tasted this tea. This is one of the finest Second Flush tea variety we have tasted this 2016 Second Flush season. Made from pure AV2 clonal tea leaves, it's an overwhelmingly sweet tea with abundance of fruity and nutty flavor. A high quality organic Darjeeling Tea which you should definitely try!
This china grade tea from Arya belongs to the classic category of Second Flush Darjeeling Teas. Arya has different sections planted with Assam, chinery and clonal tea bushes. This tea comes from a section where they have pure china tea bushes staged at one of the tea garden's highest points where slow and checked growth give them the ultimate classic characteristics. A high quality affordable Darjeeling Second Flush muscatel tea packed with fruity flavor. A must try!
This is a very limited edition exclusive and exotic tea from Castleton Tea Garden. This is Castleton's prized possession this year along with the First Flush Moonlight we had purchased. Super quality, extremly limited in quantity. A highly sought after tea by tea connoisseurs worldwide. A must must try for any tea connoisseur!
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AVONGROVE EUPHORIA (DJ 64)
CERTIFIED ORGANIC [SECOND FLUSH 2015]
This Darjeeling Second Flush tea was one of the teas which were sampled during the tea tasting session held at Darjeeling Planters Club. Only the best picks were brought here to showcase and pride a particular garden's seasonal produce. The Manager of Avongrove Tea Estate, was kind enough to sample us this tea and provide us an opportunity to buy it. He just gave us a day's time to decide and bid on it. The bidding was done and thus the tea procured. Now its here for you. Avongrove has been producing this tea for quite sometime, but we never got a chance to sample it. Now we have done and regret not sampling and going after it much earlier.
Arya Tea Estate is a very scenic tea estate. There line of jewels have always pleased us and we are a fan of all of their teas. In the month of early June, we were invited to attend a "puja" offered to the Gods for the new building or rest house Arya had built. While having tea, Mr. Roy and we were talking about the hydel project which lies at the bottom of Arya Tea Estate.
Mr Basu of Jayshree Tea and Mr Mantri was kind enough to sample us this exclusive variety of Second Flush Darjeeling Tea from Singbulli Tea Estate. This is a special reserve tea. Limited to one to two invoices, tagged as "Clonal Thunder". Clonal Thunder represents and excels giving it a high pedestal in terms of quality and overall taste of the tea. Just take a look at the photo above and tell us if this is a bad tea. In fact its got a perfect Second Flush appearance which a true clonal variety should actually possess.
Risheehat is one of the highest tea plantations in Darjeeling. It is fully organic and produces one of the best high end Darjeeling teas every season. Mostly planted with chinary plants, Risheehat is very well known for its Darjeeling Second Flush muscatel teas. As Castleton is famed for its Moonlight and Muscatel, Risheehat is equally considered the best Darjeeling muscatel producing tea gardens. Specially marked with their "Wiry Musk" tea.
All our Darjeeling Second Flush Tea 2016 varieties are hand picked after going through rigorous tea tasting sessions. Most of our Second Flush Darjeeling Teas are fruity teas with a dominant Darjeeling Muscatel flavor. Pick anyone and you won't regret it. All these Second Flush teas are creams chosen from various other versions of the same grade. Sip to glory! Sip only the best! That we have here :)