Learning about Darjeeling Grades

Indian teas are graded according to their state of leaves: whole, broken and crushed. 
Whole leaves give more aromatic and full bodies liquor, broken leaves tea result in robust, darker and less complex tea. In Darjeeling the most important is the number of buds ( pekoes). The more buds it contains the more letters appears in the name. In our collection we have finest Darjeelings of superior grades.                                                                    
FTGFOP : Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - it is Margaret's Hope 2nd flush and  Darjeeling Castelton 2nd FlushThis tea has a delicate tending astringent cup with the distinctive Muscatel character with a hints of black currant. The 2nd flush means the time if harvesting. 2nd flus is harvested in June when the taste is fully developed.  Our other Darjeelings are TGFOP: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe  Darjeeling MIM 2nd flush and Darjeeling Tukdah
Tippy - the number of flower buds
Golden - the color of leaves after oxidation
Flowery - the flower aroma that leaves release 
Orange - the historic reference to Dutch royal family Orange- Nissau. Dutch were the first to import tea to Europe.
Pekoe- comes from Chinese " white down" . It refers to the tip of the branch and new leaves that are covered with white down like hairs of new born babies.
The distinctive  character of all Darjeeling is a Muscatel character and wine-like taste. The name of the tea refers to the estate of growing. The true tea lovers can do a comparative tasting to distinguish and enjoy the finest difference in taste, hints etc. It is a very satisfying experience.   

Elena Volkova
Elena Volkova

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