First Flush teas from Darjeeling have arrived!

Getting ready for tasting the Spring Teas of Darjeeling.

Getting ready for tasting the Spring Teas of Darjeeling.

To us, the arrival of spring means the arrival of the spring teas or also known as “First Flush” teas. 

First Flush teas are plucked by hand, from mid-March to the end of April, when tea bushes slowly awake after wintertime.  These teas are delicate and fragile. When it is brewed, you will get a golden or honey amber liqueur.  These rare teas deliver an incomparable aromatic bouquet – the taste of the immediate surrounding environments where the tea bushes grow.

Our partner, Les Jardins de Gaïa, selects and buys the unique batches that have been produced with one single harvest, on one particular plot of land where the selected tea bushes grow.  Darjeeling teas, with their floral and fresh notes, are remarkably fine. Tea estates, as well as small producers’ plot of lands are located at high altitude (from 800 metre to 2000 metre). 

Like wine, the teas harvest in each year would taste different depending on the weather (e.g. amount of rainfall). Given the drastic contrast in day and night temperature, tea leaves develop complex flavours – with more fragrances and aromas.

At Luxe Nova Lifestyle Studio, we have our own secret stash of these rare and fine First Flush Darjeeling. We would be happy for you to come by our studio and verify these golden liqueur with your own palate – and take home with you if they please you. 

Three of our finest First Flush Darjeeling: Spring Blossom, Tara's Offering and Himalayan Secret.

Three of our finest First Flush Darjeeling: Spring Blossom, Tara's Offering and Himalayan Secret.

To book a seating for tea tasting, please give us a call or just click "Book Tea Tasting" below.


Tara’s Offering

SFTGFOP1 FF (Special Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One First Flush)

Tea leaves of Tara's Offering.

Tea leaves of Tara's Offering.

These delicate and twisted leaves with numerous shades of green and silvery buds produce a golden liqueur exhaling a wonderful scent of wild flowers.  A delicious flavour reminiscent of ripe apricot prevails.  Sweet chocolate notes linger on the palate.  This precious offering from Tara, the goddess of Tibetan Buddhism, is to be savoured during special moments.

This tea grows at an altitude of 6000 ft. in the Himalayan range.  The cold winds from the snows of the Himalayas nurtures these tea leaves for several months.  As soon as the temperatures rise, the growing process starts and the first tea leaf is harvested and offered to the local Goddess.  The tea leaves are plucked in the late afternoon and left to wither so that some moisture is removed by circulating cold air through the leaves.  Processing starts after midnight and by day break everything is complete and the fresh tea leaves have been transformed into an exotic tea.


Spring Blossom

SFTGFOP1 FF (Special Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One First Flush)

Tea leaves of Spring Blossom.

Tea leaves of Spring Blossom.

A sublime creation crafted by maters who have transformed young spring shoots of a beautiful light green into long twisted leaves with numerous silvery tips.  The flowery bouquet of this golden and refined liqueur envelops the palate and release yellow fruit flavours.  A subtle note of marzipan follows. A truly delectable rare tea.

The first buds of tea leaves break in early spring after a 3 month dormant winter period.  This first plucking is carried out by the most experienced and skilful tea plucking women workers to ensure only one bud and a leaf are plucked.  These are then laid out on bamboo trays in the shaded sun for the fresh early spring breeze to pass through while simultaneously muffing the leaves by hand.  As soon as there is some withering achieved, the leaves are put into the coal fired dryer with warm air completing the drying process.  This minimum handling ensures the tea retaining its freshness like early spring. 


Himalayan Secret

SFTGFOP1 FF (Special Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One First Flush)

Tea leaves of Himalayan Secret

Tea leaves of Himalayan Secret

These delicate leaves come from Samabeong plantation. Samabeong (means “brown bear lair”) is one of the high-altitude Darjeeling tea plantations (between 1,450 and 2,010 metres).  Near the tea plantation, one can find Lava’s house of spiritual practice – a Tibetan village hosting a monastery renowned for its monks who practice levitation. It was first established in 1882.  Today, it spreads over a surface area of 1,750 acres (including 376 acres of tea plants).  These tea plants were abandoned for 30 years until 1990 when the exploitation was started again by tea promoters of India.

The tea leaves are plucked from tea bushes which are over 150 years old and are known as the heritage section.  Due to the pedigree of these tea bushes and the stock they originate from, they produce an exclusive flavour with a touch of muscatel notes.  The tea leaves are plucked during the full moon period and because of their inherent succulence are lightly rolled in the first step and then in the second step, they are passed through the hot air dryer at temperatures of 270°F.


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