Hello Tea Lover! Hello Tea Lover! Darjeeling faced some severe political conditions owing to the demand of Gorkhaland by the local Gorkhas living in Darjeeling. Darjeeling was shutdown for 3 months where there was no production of tea as the tea laborers joined in this agitation wanting Gorkhaland. Second Flush could not be produced as there were no tea pickers to pick tea and people working in the tea factory had also supported the cause. The demand is of a state within the framework of India.
Autumnal flush was affected too as the shutdown inhibited care of the tea bushes. If not taken care the weeds around the tea bushes grow at a rapid pace and so does the tea bush. We couldnít procure any Second Flush teas as the shutdown happened before the peak quality time. There were some pre-Second Flush teas produced but the quality didnít give a green signal. It was somewhat inbetween First and Second Flush. Pure Second Flush character wasnít present in the teas. So we skipped it.
But we got hold of this Autumnal from Arya Tea Estate. Arya Tea Estate is among the highest elevation tea gardens and nearest to Darjeeling. Though this was also severely affected, some high elevation sections were affected a bit less due to cold atmosphere and the weeds grown were less. They could be cleared and some tea pickings could be done. Here is one we could procure which is below.