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Nuxalbari 2018 Second Flush

Nuxalbari 2018 Second Flush


Simply put...

A delicately smooth & aromatic loose leaf tea from Sonia [5th generation] and her team at the Nuxalbari Tea Estate in the Do-oars, North East India.  

Second Flush is made from the new growth of the tea plant a few months after the first harvest of the year, hence the ‘second flush’.

How to make Second Flush Darjeeling Tea

Amount of tea per cup (200 ml): 2.5g (half a tea caddy spoon)

Temperature of water: 95℃ / 185℉ (boil kettle, cool for 20 seconds)

Infusion time: 3-4 minutes (or as desired)

Number of infusions: 1

How to enjoy: No milk, no sugar

In more depth...

Provenance: Nuxalbari Tea Estate.

Cultivar : The organic sections of this garden are TV 25-26 with a few TV1 & TV 17. Plucking standard : 5-7 day rounds year round.  2 leaves & a bud, 1 leaf 1 bud

Plucking date : Plucked in May for 2nd flush
Second Flush Nuxalbari Tea Grade: Organic SFTGFOP1
Second Flush Nuxalbari Tea Origin: Located in Darjeeling District, Nuxalbari Tea Estate (alt 800 ft.) is a pleasantly wooded,1200-acre property. Home to over a thousand families of workers, It nestles snugly in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas, and is a tropical paradise with lush vegetation and a wide variety of birds, wild langurs, the solitary leopard and herds of Asian Elephants that criss-cross the estate.  It is also the first Indian tea estate to get world's 'elephant-friendly' tag [read more here]
Second Flush Nuxalbari Tea Flavour: The tea makes a light liquor and delivers a beautiful refreshing and aromatic cup
Last visit by Comins : Michelle Comins July 2018

Comins relationship with Nuxalbari...

Michelle : It was in 2017 that I first came across Nuxalbari after spending some time in the Dooars.  I could not visit on that trip so returned in 2018, combining it with a trip to Darjeeling.  What I discovered here was a remarkable story of a remarkable woman and her fight to continue her families legacy in tea after the untimely death of her mother [who ran the estate for 30 years] in 2011.   As she told us - “since then I have slogged to try and make magic”.  At Nuxalbari a beautiful connection exists between tea grower and the land with huge repeat for trees, soil and wildlife.  Larger gardens like this are often dismissed in the more specialist tea market but although few and far between there are still family run larger gardens doing amazing work that we believe should be understood and recognised.  For gardens like Nuxalbari in lesser known areas [this garden is in the Darjeeling district but outside the boundary for the 'Darjeeling Label' ] it is a struggle to be recognised - after all of their efforts much of the tea from gardens like this will simply be blended, their identity lost.  When you taste what this garden offers you will realise what a waste this is.  Nuxalbari single estate organic tea deserves to be enjoyed, asked for and recognised by name.   

Want to know more? : Read our blog or ask Michelle when you come in for tea.  She will happily sit down with you over a cup and chat about our last visit there.  Its a wonderful story.

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