Darjeeling Tea
Chongtong
White Darjeeling
First Flush

Royal Grade 98 P.

SKU
5167-bio
Exquisite first flush white Darjeeling tea from the Himalayas. Certified organic tea garden since 2007. Highest quality grade with a large proportion of buds. 50g

Details

  • Rarity: first flush white tea from Darjeeling, highest quality grade: SFTGFOP1
  • Hand-harvested with a high proportion of aromatic buds
  • Socially responsible and engaged tea estate
  • Sustainable, biodynamic tea cultivation
Character Refreshing, exotic peach notes, mild astringency, sweet like dew
Tea Farm Chongtong Tea Estate, est. 1869
Terroir Chongtong, Darjeeling, India
Harvest First flush, end of March 2020, hand-harvested
Leaf SFTGFOP1: Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Cultivar Camellia Sinensis, CL, P-312
Elevation 1,133m above sea level
Oxidation None
Processing Long withering, no oxidation
Withering / Oxidation Hand-picking of select buds and leaves in the morning. Relatively long withering time for white tea of 18 hours. Careful handling of the leaves, no damage.
Drying Oven-drying for 24 minutes
Organic EU certified organic
Grading 98/100 p. (Darjeeling category); Royal Grade
€14.90
50g

Delivery : 1–3 business days

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SKU
5167-bio
€29.80 / 100g
In stock

Tea Farm

The Chongtong Estate is located amidst the picturesque slopes on the border with Nepal with a view of the Kanchenjunga Mountain Massif. The tea fields enjoy a high elevation of 1,133m above sea level.

The estate has earned its name on account of the location of the tea fields. The local term "chongtong" roughly translates to "arrow point" and refers to the land at the edge of two converging rivers. And indeed, the tea fields are located at the merger of two mountain rivers.

The Chongtong Estate was founded in 1869 and has been certified organic since 2007. The estate has integrated biodynamic farming practices and also ensures that the workers receive above-average wages.

Character

Flavour

A top-class tea with the flavour profile of a refined, soft white tea, yet all the positive qualities of a premium Darjeeling. Sweet, slightly citrusy, light peach notes and the perfectly balanced astringent undertone.

Leaf

Delicate white buds and green-brown leaves. SFTGFOP1

Cup

Attractive yellow

White Tea

White tea is typically obtained from special cultivars and is the least processed tea (Camellia sinensis), with the lowest degree of oxidation. Due to the minimal yet highly demanding production process of pre-drying and withering in the air, it has a very high content of natural tea compounds. Markers of quality in high-grade white tea include a high proportion of aromatic leaf buds and a bright cup. White teas can impress with their elegant flavours that are typically delicately sweet with nuances of vanilla and a smooth texture.

Cultivation

Location, Cultivation, Processing

The prestigious tea gardens of Darjeeling in the Himalayan highlands have long been known for their exceptional first and second flush black teas. However, these ideal growing conditions also produce unique white teas of the finest quality.

The slopes of the Chongtong Estate in particular benefit from an ideal bracing climate for the tea plants at a high elevation as well as copious sunlight. The slow growth of new buds ensures an especially aromatic and flavourful tea with few bitter substances.

The leaves and buds are all hand-picked during the end of March as a part of the first flush, which is especially aromatic. From the very beginning, the leaves are carefully handled so as to avoid any damage and to retain their typical, aesthetic form for white tea. Oxidation, which is undesirable for this type of tea, is also prevented. Directly after harvest the leaves are slowly withered for up to 18 hours. Withering takes place under ideal conditions indoors in long withering troughs where the tea leaves have ample space and can wither uniformly. This process is supported by regular churning of the leaves.

In the last stage, the leaves are 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 Chongtong, Darjeeling, India. Sourced directly from the tea estate.

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 3-4 minutes.

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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