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Barnesbeg Tea, Himalayan Queen




This year we got a lot of tea samples from other tea estates in Darjeeling as well. Our tea tasting sessions broadened and were extended even more than the usual tastings. There are 87 tea gardens in Darjeeling and if we were to do intricate tastings of all then we mind end up not selling any First Flush teas because it would be endless. Endless because each tea garden produces overwhelming grades and varieties which is further distinguished by particular invoices or lots. Well, some were good, some were ok, but we looked into the best lots possible. This is for the first time Barnesbeg Tea Garden has been able to baffle our buckle cavities, making us pause in awe. What a beautiful Barnesbeg tea.

First planted by Christine Barnes 1877 and later known in his name as "Barnesbeg", beg here means garden, it is one of the best organic tea gardens in Darjeeling. We had tried Barnesbeg in the past, but this year, this exceptional clonal tea stood tall and won our hearts. Mr. Sinha, the Manager was kind enough to sample us 7 types of clonal variety, this particular invoice "EX2" was exceptional in quality and tastes lovely. Try and find out for yourselves.

Barnesbeg Himalayan Queen Dry Leaves:

The general outlook of this First Flush clonal tea is the most important factor that attracted us first - magnificent leaf appearance. A clonal graded tea made with utmost care in manufacture retaining all the essential characteristics for which this tea has excelled. The tea leaves are elongated with those longish shape. It is well rolled and twisted. The overall color texture is greenish which is a beautiful blend of light and bottle green colors. The bottle green which we are describing may seem black from a distance but on closer inspection it has that embedded mixture of chocolate brown and bottle green colors. It has high content of elongated silver tips or buds, which is accompanied by some golden buds as well. Most of the Barnesbeg Himalayan Queen tea leaves seem clad in white furry coat or silver hairs giving the tea a definite luster and bloom. It has a sweet aroma which comes mingled with a mild cake like, pastry character. It also has that mild caramelized character with a nutty finish. It has a fresh floral scent of wild flowers and imparts a certain fruity character which seems somewhat like fresh cut apples.

Barnesbeg Himalayan Queen Infusion:

This tea has a lively greenish infusion with a blend of shades of pale yellow. Most of the pale yellow color are of the buds which is shimmering due to the wet silver hairs on the buds, giving it a bright infusion and further forecasting good liqor quality. It lends a fresh and sweet floral nose, slightly veggie accompanied by mild vanilla like essence. It imparts mild pastry like aroma which also seems like mixed with fruity nose like fresh apples. Some nuttiness can be observed which comes mixed with very mild spiciness.

Barnesbeg Himalayan Queen Cup or Liqour:

Clonals, despite the tea season, always seem to be lighter in the cup when compared to china variety. Clonals are usually larger in size than the chinery teas, but smaller clonal sized leaves can produce stronger cup. Mantra is smaller the tea leaves, stronger the cup; larger the tea leaves lighter the cup. This Glenburn tea has a honey toned, jaggery like aroma. It is bright and highly flavorful. It has a smoother cup with desirable complex fragrant floral aroma. Has a very mild biscuity taste. It has a lively brisk taste that sparkles and bursts in the mouth which seems very invigorating. The tea is sweet, vanilla like and floral. Some fruity character can be noticed along with almondy character. It has very little astringency and leaves the tip of the tongue with a sweet aftertaste. Recommended steeping time is 3 - 4 minutes.

One tea we are proud to have made from the finest first pluckings of the 2018 First Flush season. Made from excellent quality pure AV2 clonal tea bushes,  we highly recommend you try this tea, marked with the best invoice EX-2. Barnesbeg Tea is one which we would like to advice and relish one of the finest made First Flush Darjeelings.

100 grams order- USD 39.37 Now USD 35.43
300 grams order- USD 70.86 Now USD 63.77
1 kg order- USD 119.95 Now USD 107.96
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