There is a lot to say about a good cup of tea (and a good book). It’s time for my yearly post about the new First Flush Darjeeling teas.
My main source this year is again the Tea Emporium. I like that they are located directly in Darjeeling, use a traditional packaging, and have been consistent in quality over many years.
My favorites this year are the earliest invoices, in particular the invoice 3 from Upper Namring above.
Above are the leaves from 2018 and 2019 in comparison. I can’t see much of a difference, but the taste and smell this year is much more intense-floral.
Just before you steep the tea, rinse the leaves with near boiling water for a few seconds and smell them. There is nothing like this.