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 Glenburn Tea Estate has been able to baffle our buckle cavities, making us pause in awe. What a beautiful Glenburn tea. Yes, we received a couple of tea samples and we selected one - Glenburn Moonshine Tea . This particular tea came in different variations and the very best lot was a pure AV2 clonal tea bearing invoice EX-12. Others had a mixture of other clonal varieties rather than AV2 alone. Thanks to Mr. Partho for providing us the overwhelming tea samples. We would have missed it if we hadn't tasted it!
Glenburn Moonshine Tea 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 Glenburn Moonshine 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.
This Glenburn Moonshine 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.
Glenburn Tea Estate Moonshine 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 Estate Moonshine Darjeeling 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 2016 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-12. Glenburn Moonshine Tea is one which we would like to advice and relish one of the finest made First Flush Darjeelings.