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Nestled in the Himalayan mountains of West Bengal, India, the Darjeeling region is well known for its lush, rolling hills and breathtaking views. Just before spring arrives each year, the tea plants awaken from their winter dormancy to produce the highly anticipated first flush harvest, the famous "Champagne of tea."

Prized for their delicate fragrance and flavor, the liquor ranges in color from golden yellow to amber gold, often referred to as a “cup of sunshine.” Notes of flowers and tropical fruit join a lively, effervescent quality and silky smooth mouth feel.

Every spring, the arrival of the first flush teas is always a celebrated event here at Upton Tea Imports. We source the finest loose leaf conventional and organic darjeeling teas the season has to offer, direct from the estates, to provide you with the ultimate tea experience.

loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This 2020 first flush offering is noteworthy for its eminently smooth character and pronounced honey sweetness. The light amber-gold cup is fragrant with an inviting aroma hinting of stone fruit and flowers. Tropical fruit hints and a gentle whisper of toastiness lead to a crisp, refreshing finish.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The inviting fragrance of this 2020 organic first flush Darjeeling is evocative of sweet tropical fruit. This ripe fruit sweetness is prominent in the golden amber cup as well, complemented by a lively mouth feel and a refreshing finish.

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USDA Organic Liza Hill Estate First Flush SFTGFOP1 (2020 DJ-3) Organic Darjeeling
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With a pronounced flavor of tropical fruit dipped in honey, this outstanding 2020 first flush selection offers a smooth, refreshing cup. The light amber-gold liquor features a sweet vegetal fragrance with hints of pineapple.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This 2020 organic first flush selection offers well-twisted leaves, in hues of olive and tan, that infuse a golden amber liquor, heady with a sweet ambrosial scent. The cup is silky smooth with a lively, complex flavor profile. Floral notes layer with whispers of honey and fleeting hints of tropical fruit nectar, finishing with a crisp, clean quality. This tea is a true delight to the senses.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Originally established in 1924 by British planters, the Singbulli Estate spreads across rolling hills in the Mirik area of Darjeeling. This exceptional 2020 organic first flush selection infuses a light amber-gold liquor redolent with a pronounced floral bouquet. This classic floral character predominates in the cup as well, accented by a clover honey sweetness and whisper of tropical fruit. The finish is smooth and lingering.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This 2020 first flush Darjeeling blend has a sweet fragrance that hints of flowers and honey. Those classic hints spill over into the golden-amber cup, complementing the silky smooth mouth feel. The finish lingers on a clean, crisp note. An excellent cup at a great value.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This 2020 first flush Darjeeling offers an inviting aroma with hints of honey and toasted almond. The first sip of the light amber-gold liquor reveals fresh floral notes complemented by a tropical fruit sweetness. The finish is crisp and clean.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The sparkling pale gold infusion produced by this 2020 first flush offering is fresh and fragrant with sweet vegetal hints. The smooth creamy cup exhibits a classic floral character and rounded mouth feel. The crisp finish lingers with hints of honey.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A sweet floral aroma, evocative of spring, introduces the lively amber-gold cup of this 2020 first flush selection. A gentle pungency wraps around notes of tropical fruit and flowers. The ambrosial flavor lingers long into the crisp finish.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The light amber-gold liquor of this 2020 organic first flush Darjeeling offers a lively cup with a sweet aroma. Notes of dried stone fruit, honey and almond are interwoven with a whisper of spice, creating a complex flavor profile that is a joy to sip. A burst of tropical fruit sweetness lingers in the finish.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The bold, olive-brown leaves of this 2020 organic first flush selection yield a golden-amber liquor redolent with a sweet floral aroma. The buttery smooth cup displays a classic first flush profile with rich floral notes wrapped in a tropical fruit sweetness. A gentle toastiness leads to a crisp, clean finish.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This lot of tea is sold out. For an excellent alternative, please try our Puttabong Estate First Flush SFTGFOP1 (2020 DJ-1) Darjeeling
A sprinkling of downy silver tips adorns the olive-green leaves of the very first harvest from the 2020 first flush season at Tindharia Estate. The sparkling amber-gold cup is fragrant with hints of fresh sweet corn. Upon first sip, an inviting effervescence awakens the palate. A buttery smooth mouth feel and tropical fruit sweetness embrace hints of flowers and corn silk, which linger into the finish. This organic selection provides an outstanding tea experience.

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