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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.

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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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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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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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 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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A profusion of downy, silver tips complements the bold, olive-green leaves of this 2019 first flush Darjeeling. The sweet aroma is fragrant with hints of fresh cornsilk and almond. The dark golden cup exhibits a full mouth feel and rich pungency, with complex layers of tropical fruit, honeysuckle and honey. The finish is smooth and lingering.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A profusion of downy silver tips adorns the bold, olive-green leaves of this stellar 2019 first flush offering. Pronounced floral notes scent the light golden cup, complementing the fresh, sweet character. Hints of tropical fruit lead up to a lively finish.

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Darjeeling loose leaf black tea
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The silver-tipped leaves of this 2018 first flush Darjeeling offering yield an amber gold liquor with a fresh, lively character. The flavorful cup is delightful on the palate, smooth with floral hints. A refreshing pungency is balanced with an overall honey-sweet quality that lingers long into the finish.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This 2019 first flush selection comes from the Ging Estate, located in the Lebong Valley of Darjeeling. Ging is a Lepcha word meaning “the outstretched slopes.” The aroma is mellow with a whisper of fresh corn silk. The amber-gold cup is light and refreshing with smooth, buttery hints, complemented by a sparkling, effervescent quality. Nuances of tropical fruit linger in the bright finish.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The amber-gold cup of this 2019 first flush offering is very sweet and fragrant. The pronounced sweetness enhances notes of tropical fruit and hints of spring flowers. The crisp, clean finish provides a satisfying counterpoint, the perfect balance to the sweet flavor.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A sweet fragrance is accented by hints of tropical fruit in this 2019 first flush offering. The bright amber-gold cup has a full, velvety mouth feel and rich flavor. Hints of stone fruit and flowers are enhanced by nuances of wildflower honey. A smooth, clean finish completes a delightful tea experience.

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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The Glenburn Estate has been producing premium teas since the mid 1800s. This choice 2019 first flush offering is a beautiful mix of dark-olive leaves and silvery tips. The golden amber cup is fragrant with hints of honey and spring flowers. A whisper of tropical fruit and fleeting buttery quality enhance the rich mouth feel and refreshing astringency. The lingering finish is reminiscent of a dry white wine.

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