Darjeeling Tea
Phuguri
FTGFOP1 Blend
First Flush

Premium 90 P.

SKU
4960-bio
Especially balanced first flush blend in organic quality from the renowned Phuguri Estate. Made from select hand-harvested leaves and buds. 100g
Details Hand-picked, hand-rolled first flush Darjeeling
Character Reserved with a pleasant sweetness
Tea Farm Phuguri Estate
Terroir Mirik, Darjeeling, India
Harvest First flush, March 2021, hand-harvested
Leaf FTGFOP1
Cultivar China and China Hybrid
Elevation 1,065-1,525m above sea level
Oxidation Light
Processing Orthodox
Withering / Oxidation Delicate buds and leaves, hand-picked and selected in the morning. Long and natural withering process followed by hand-rolling. Brief, controlled oxidation for development of a fine aroma. Gentle drying.
Drying Oven drying at 110°C
Organic Certified organic since 2009
Grading 90/100 p. (Darjeeling category); Premium
€9.90
100g

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SKU
4960-bio
€9.90 / 100g
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Tea Farm

Phuguri Estate

The estate is well-known for its own cultivar, the "tippy clonal". The Phurguri Tea Estate is one of the biggest in the region with 1,070ha and is managed by the Bagaria Group.

International organisations such as the Rainforest Alliance and the Ethical Tea Partnership have recognised Phuguri's ethical and ecological standards of tea production. The estate implements certified organic cultivation and is HACCP certified.

"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

A pleasant and well-rounded, yet reserved Darjeeling with a delicate astringency and light notes of camphor and sugary sweetness.

Leaf

FTGFOP1: (Special) Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

Cup

Light buttercup 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 picturesque Phuguri Tea Estate is certified organic and HAACP certified. The 1,070ha-large estate stretches down the Mirik Valley at the foot of the Himalayas at an elevation of 1,000-1,800m above sea level. The slopes face northeast, receive high rainfall, and benefit from a cold microclimate that fosters the growth of robust tea plants with a rich flavour. During harvest, only the best 2 leaves and bud are hand-picked and processed according to strict quality standards.

The fresh tea leaves from the autumn harvest are selected according to length and then naturally withered to remove excess moisture. The tea is machine rolled to open up the leaves and promote fermentation. Older machines are maintained at great expense to guarantee the development of an authentic aroma. The fermentation process lasts a slightly above average length of time and is constantly monitored to ensure an optimal flavour bouquet. In the last stage, the leaves are fully dried in an oven for 23 minutes and hand-packed into tea crates.

The Phuguri Estate grows its own cultivar, the "tippy clonal" that is well-known for its rich and long aftertaste. This cultivar is considered one of the best in the region. Roughly 2% of the tea bushes are replaced each year.

The tea is always orthodoxly fermentation without machine-breakage of the leaves (CTC - crush, tear, curl).

Single Origin

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Mirik, 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.

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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