White Darjeeling Tea
Glenburn
Moonshine Pesticide Free
First Flush

Royal Grade 99 P.

SKU
5745
A fine, deliciously sweet white tea with a peachy and fruity flavour and the typical Darjeeling highland aroma. Sourced directly from one of the most renowned and oldest gardens in Darjeeling. Particularly delicate leaf buds and young leaves, carefully rolled and elaborately dried over several hours. Cultivated without the use of plant protection products.
Details
  • Rarity: 1st flush white tea from Darjeeling, highest grade, SFTGFOP1
  • Award-winning quality: deliciously sweet, highly elegant, full aroma
  • Hand-harvested with a particularly high proportion of delicate white leaf buds
  • From the internationally renowned Glenburn Traditions Tea Estate
Character Fine and sweet, peach compote, elegant, crystal clear, full-bodied, mouth watering
Tea Farm Glenburn Estate
Terroir Teesta, Darjeeling, India
Harvest 1st flush, May 8th 2021, hand-harvested
Leaf SFTGFOP1: Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Cultivar Camellia sinensis, CL, P-312
Oxidation None
Processing -
Withering/Oxidation Selected tender shoots and leaves hand-picked in the morning. Very long withering process, over 8-12 hours, typical for white tea. Careful rolling of the leaves. Particularly delicate handling of the leaves throughout the process to avoid any damage.
Organic 100% naturally cultivated without the use of plant protection products
Awards 1st Place in the North American Tea Championships
€26.90
50g

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SKU
5745
€53.80 / 100g
In stock

Tea Farm

Glenburn Estate

The internationally renowned and prize-winning Glenburn Tea Estate was founded in 1859 by a Scottish company. The estate includes an integrated boutique hotel in the British vineyard style with a majestic view of Mount Kangchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain peak in the world.

For 5 generations the Prakash family, which also owns a tea estate in Kongea, Assam, has managed Glenburn. The hotel was fully restored and reopened in 2002, and has since become a highly desirable holiday destination. Refreshing walks through the picturesque landscape and tastings of harvest-fresh teas are just two of the benefits of a stay at the Glenburn boutique hotel.

International organisations such as the Rainforest Alliance and the Ethical Tea Partnership have recognised Glenburn's ethical and ecological standards of tea production. Since 2015 the estate has also pursued pesticide-free cultivation. In addition to the socially responsible practices of the company, the Prakash family also donates to local educational programs and public libraries in the region.

"Darjeeling" is a protected geographic designation which ensures that only tea grown on 1 of 87 certified tea estates in the region can be sold as Darjeeling tea.

Character

Flavour

What makes this absolutely masterful tea so special is the unique combination of a top darjeeling, from one of the world's most renowned darjeeling gardens in Glenburn, with the particularly gentle, long-lasting wilt typical of white teas. The result is an extraordinary overall composition which combines the best of two very different tea categories. Aromatically, it immediately evokes thoughts of fresh peach compote as well as other scents that are otherwise only found at the very beginning of the ripening period. The crystal-clear sweetness pleasantly wets both tongue and palate. Despite the tea being quite thirst-quenching, the delicious and full-bodied taste encourages more servings. The lasting elegance of the tea, even after the third infusion, makes it without a doubt one of the best teas in our entire range.

Leaf

SFTGFOP1, filigree, finely twisted leaves, white tips, autumn brown, olive green young leaves

Cup

Crystal clear

Awards

1st Place in the North American Tea Championships

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 & Processing

Location, Cultivation, Processing

Glenburn moonshine is a very rare luxury tea which can only be produced once a year in the narrow 2 to 3 week window of the first flush in March; the leaves of this unique white darjeeling were carefully harvested by hand on the 8th of March between 11am and 3pm. This white darjeeling tea can only be picked by the most experienced harvesters due to the special leaves and buds, which are smaller and more pliable than those of a conventional first flush, requiring great care not to break them. Only 1/4 of the usual amount of tea can be picked from moonshine, which makes this precious tea very expensive. The fine and supple leaf has no astringency, but rather distinct citrus and peach aromas.

At harvest, only the buds and 1-2 young leaves are picked. This is followed by a very long withering period to achieve about 63% moisture loss. Drying the leaves themselves is a particularly gentle process conducted in withering troughs with the aid of fans. Depending on environmental conditions, it can take up to 8-12 hours for the leaf to wilt. This strong wilting is characteristic for the production of black darjeeling teas and is also very well suited for the production of high-quality white teas. Slowly drying the tea at an altitude of up to 1,000m in the unique terroir of the Himalayas gives it a special lightness and freshness. In the next step, the leaves are rolled extremely carefully for about 10-15 minutes. Both during withering and rolling, the leaves are handled with the utmost care to avoid even the smallest damage and cracks in the leaf, as these would lead to oxidation and thus mask the subtle, highly elegant moonshine aroma.

Moonshine is a truly fine tea, winning first place in the white tea category at the North American Tea Championships.

Single Origin

This tea comes 100% from the above mentioned tea estate in Teesta, Darjeeling, India, direct sourcing.

Preparation

Preparation

2 heaped tsp., 70-80°C, 200-300ml, 2-3 min.

Packaging

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

Recommended Teapots

We recommend a porcelain teapot for preparing darjeeling tea.

Recommended Storage

A high-quality, internally coated and airtight tea caddy is ideal.

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