2020 First Flush Darjeeling : Ardash Muna Co-Operative : 1st Week April 2020
A first flush Darjeeling from the Ardash Muna Village Cooperative in the first week of April. A light delicate cup.
In more depth...
Tea Name : Adarsh Muna First flush
Tea Maker : Sumirta Thapa, Sunita Lepcha, Indra Bahadur Chettri
Origin : Ardash Muna Cooperative, Group of Small growers. Total workforce 20 people. Nim Busty Village, Eastern Darjeeling
Size : 16 Hectares. Altitude 3500 ft.
Harvest Date 1st Week of April
Cultivar C. S Sinensis : C.Sinensis, sinensis (China Bush)
Grade : Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1 (FTGFOP1)
Plucking standard Two leaves and one bud
Processing Withered, rolled, oxidised and fired
How to prepare this tea [Western Style]...
Amount of tea per cup (200 ml): 5g (one tea caddy spoon)
Temperature of water: 95℃ / 185℉ (boil kettle, cool for 20 seconds)
Infusion time: 2-4 minutes (or as desired)
Number of infusions: 2
How to enjoy: No milk, no sugar
Tales of the Tea Trade : Ardash Muna Co-Operative
Michelle : As you will know if you have read our blog : the beginning or watched our video describing this part of our lives you will know what a key part Rajah plays in our life in tea. Rajah Banerjee's pioneering activities in global tea have been and continue to be the inspiration for many of the Darjeeling Estates who follow the paradigm of sustainability and ethics set out in the early days at Makaibari.
Adarsh Muna is the village community mentored by our great friend Rajah. This community produce excellent artisanal teas and the village are under conversion** to organic although they have never used any chemicals since all their activities are traditionally sustainable-with the cow at the core of their agricultural activities - the small lands are easy to manage with own cow dung and manures. .
**Under conversion means they will gain their organic certification in a year or two.
Here Rajah shares their story : It was in the November of 2017 that a couple of shy young men arrived at Rimpocha House. Hesitantly they offered me some samples to taste and evaluate. I was astonished at the make and style of the leaf and the aroma of the dry leaves. Though it was getting late we put out the samples for tasting and offered them a price for their creations which took them aback. They blurted out that it was twice the price anyone was willing to pay - thus began the association with the Adash Muna small tea growers of Nim Busty in the Eastern slopes of the Darjeeling hills. Subsequent visits have fostered relationships that have steered the village community to grow exponentially with homesteads and permacultural food security. Adash Muna is on track to be a model village for the region in the ensuing decade. They produce Orthodox black tea, Green tea & speciality teas and your support for their community enables them to catalyse their homestay programmes.'