Darjeeling from Giddapahar estate. SFTGFOP1, China special (referring to the type of plant), 2013.

This is the nicest first flush Darjeeling I have ever tasted.

Each time I brew it I’m blown away by the mix of qualities: savory elements like Chinese Greens, floral like dark oolongs, yet all powered by the traditional flavors and aromas you expect from first flush Darjeelings.

The leaves are an incredible bright green with additions of white and brown. The brew a strong yellow with hints of orange.

Available from Thunderbolt Tea.