First Flush Darjeeling Tea 2018 [Niroulas Tea Cooperative]
Niroulas First Flush Darjeeling Tea is a light, sweet tea with a little more body than the Glenburn First Flush and a lovely aftertaste.
How to make First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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: 1-2
How to enjoy: No milk, no sugar
In more depth...
Provenance: Niroulas Tea Cooperative, Near Ghoom, Darjeeling
Bhawesh describes the approach here to Michelle on her visit in July 2018: ‘Niroula's is all about making tea farming in our village a viable way of life again. We started Darjeeling’s first farming cooperative in 2015 and built our own manufacturing unit to support it. We now collect leaves from neighbouring farmers at a very good price (two to three times the average rate), a model that is encouraging new local plantations. People who may previously have given up on farming and left for more lucrative possibilities in the city are starting to see the opportunities that can come from cultivating tea, a crop that offers an eight-month harvest season and now, with Niroula’s, a direct and more profitable route to market. Today, we still have our personal ancestral plantation area of 25 acres and collect green tea leaves from 180 small tea growers in and around Darjeeling. The total tea plantation area is 350 acres. For now we are staying focussed only on Darjeeling orthodox black tea, with a team of nine guys working in the factory and five in the field.’
First Flush Darjeeling Tea Flavour: The tea makes a clear amber liquor and delivers a light, sweet cup with a little more body than the Glenburn First Flush and a lovely aftertaste.