Darjeeling Tea
Ambootia
SFTGFOP1 (EX 01)
First Flush

Super Premium 97 P.

SKU
4345-bio
Fresh first flush Darjeeling made from the first harvest of the renowned Ambootia Tea Estate. Made with a top cultivar, and lightly and gently oxidised. 80g
Details
  • Fruity, "green" first flush
  • Biodynamic cultivation
Character Elegant, pleasantly sweet, fresh pineapple, soft camphor, creamy, slightly oxidised. Elements of white and green Darjeeling, light notes of asparagus at the finish
Tea Farm Ambootia Estate
Terroir Kurseong, Darjeeling, India
Harvest First flush, March 2018, hand-harvested
Leaf SFTGFOP1: Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Cultivar CL (China Clonal)
Elevation 950-1,450m above sea level
Oxidation 10-19% light oxidation
Processing Orthodox
Withering / Oxidation Delicate buds and leaves, hand-picked and selected in the morning. Long and natural withering process followed by rolling. Brief, controlled oxidation for development of a fine aroma. Gentle drying
Drying Oven drying
Organic Certified organic and demeter since 1992.
Grading 97/100 p. (Darjeeling category); Super Premium
€19.90
80g

Delivery : 1–3 business days

Incl. VAT, excl. Shipping

SKU
4345-bio
€24.88 / 100g
In stock

Tea Farm

Ambootia Tea Estate

Ambootia means "mango grove" and the Ambootia estate is the successful pilot project of the Ambootia Group. In 1992 the group took over the estate, which was originally founded in 1861, and converted it first to organic cultivation and then into biodynamic (demeter) cultivation. After a few years of adjustment, the estate began producing higher yields. Though these transitional periods costed time, the results are worth the wait. Initial skepticism from the farm workers has given way to complete persuasion: the estate employs reliable hiring policies, shares profits with the workers, provides for medicine and schools, and supports housing.

Character

Flavour

This Darjeeling First Flush from biodynamic cultivation at the well-reputed Ambootia Tea Estate is only lightly oxidised and is reminiscent of white and green Darjeeling teas. The long, whole and slightly rolled leaves are naturally withered and only very briefly oxidised so that they retain much of their green color. The tea captivates with its sweet pineapple aroma and creaminess. Soft camphor and green asparagus notes ensure a refreshing finish.

Leaf

SFTGFOP1

Cup

Bright jade yellow

Black Tea

Black tea is the most oxidised form of tea. In contrast to green tea, the oxidation of the leaves after harvest and withering is not stopped with heat, but rather further facilitated by intensive rolling of the leaves, which breaks open cell walls and exposes the enzymes responsible for oxidation. Over the course of this process the leaves change from green to black and a full-bodied and broad aroma develops. The cup is often orange or red, which is where the Chinese name for this tea (hong cha, meaning "red tea") comes from.

Cultivation

Location, Cultivation, Processing

The Ambootia Tea Estate is located in the northernmost part of Darjeeling near the border with Nepal. An elevation of 950-1,450m offers ideal climatic conditions for a rich and fruity tea. The exquisite flavour further benefits from the exceptionally natural cultivation methods and production process.

The fresh tea leaves of the spring first flush have a high moisture degree of 75% that evaporates during the strictly monitored withering process when air is blown between the leaves. The tea is machine-rolled to open up the leaves, expose the leaf juices, and thus facilitate fermentation. The tea is fermented for a relatively short time, under constant supervision to ensure the full development of the flavour bouquet, which is delicate and floral. In the last stage the tea is fully dried in an oven for 23 minutes and hand-packed into tea crates.

Single Origin

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Ambootia, Darjeeling, India. Sourced directly from the tea estate.

Organic Certification

Preparation

Preparation

2 heaped tsp per 200-300ml 70-80°C water. Steep for 2-3 minutes.

Recommendation of the tea estate:

2.5g per 200ml 90-95°C water. Steep for 3-5 minutes.

Cold Brew:

2 heaped tsp per cup added to a cold brew pot or flask. Pour over cold water and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Packaging

High quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for Darjeeling is a porcelain teapot.

Recommended Storage

Ideally store in an airtight, double-coated metal tin.

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