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Darjeeling First Flush
By ChaiChun Team 9/14/2017 9:31 PM Comments

Darjeeling First Flush

Flush means the period of greatest prosperity or productivity. In the language of tea, ‘Flush’ refers to the time of year when tea leaves are plucked. It is determined by the geography and climate of the region where the tea is grown. Just as with most plants, the tea plant too goes through periods of growth and then dormancy. When the plants leave behind their dormant state in early Spring, the first growing season commences. This leads to the first harvest which is termed the First Flush. In the world of premium teas, understanding Flush is beneficial.

Premium teas are oftentimes classified by Flush, or the season when tea leaves are plucked. Each Flush is determined by the climate and geography of the region where the tea is grown. First Flush is defined as the first plucking of the harvest season. The newly grown leaves, plucked during First Flush, are the youngest and most tender part of the tea plant. These yield the purest and freshest cup of tea that plant is capable of producing. Each additional Flush yields different flavor and aroma.

There are four Flushes spread over four harvesting seasons. These are:

First Flush — This begins in March and lasts till the end of April

Second Flush — It commences in the beginning of May and ends in June

Monsoon Flush — It lasts between mid-July and end of August

Autumn Flush — This period starts in early October and ends in November

The time periods are not fixed. It lasts depending on the weather patterns of the area of cultivation. Excess rainfall, earlier than expected, reduces the timeline of the Second Flush. This increases the Monsoon Flush by a few weeks.

First Flush is also known as “Spring Flush” or “Easter Flush.” Given the right weather, this tends to be the best Flush of the growing season. The harvest commands high prices from tea connoisseurs. Some say that the high price is owing to the bright liquor and the zippy character of the tea. Darjeeling First Flush teas are produced in limited quantity and hence the demand surpasses the supply.

In India, Darjeeling First Flush holds a unique place. Though not the largest tea growing region of India, Darjeeling yields some of the most expensive teas in the country.

It is said that the Darjeeling First Flush has a light floral taste and a freshness that can only be attributed to the clean mountain air that surrounds it. Darjeeling First Flush tea is sweet and floral, but with a sharp astringent taste. This duality gives Darjeeling First Flush a complexity which is unique to tea of this region.

The Darjeeling First Flush tea is the most exclusive of the year for it gleans the most delicate and delicious leaves.

Buying Darjeeling First Flush tea means making an investment because as far as premium teas go, Darjeeling First Flush teas are pricey. They should be bought from only reputed companies or brands. Chai Chun has painstakingly done the eliminations and assorted in its stores some of the best First Flush Darjeeling teas available in the market.

Select the perfect Darjeeling First Flush tea to titillate your taste buds. Log on to www.chaichuntea.com from your device or place a call at Chai Chun Tea’s Toll Free Number 1800 212 0111.

You can also walk into Chai Chun’s exclusive stores at Siliguri, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.

Tea lovers in Siliguri can walk into Chai Chun Tea store at Planet Mall, Opposite Cosmos Mall, Sevoke Road, Siliguri, and take home the premium quality Darjeeling First Flush.

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