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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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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.

TD104 |
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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An inviting aroma, fragrant with pronounced notes of stone fruit, introduces this 2020 first flush offering. The light golden amber cup is very sweet and juicy, with the complementary pair of buttery floral notes and ripe tropical fruit hints. The finish is smooth and lingering.

TD140 |
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.

TD109 |
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.

TD108 |
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.

TD129 |
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.

TD138 |
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A sweet floral fragrance introduces this aromatic first flush offering from the 2019 season. The bold, tippy leaves produce a golden amber cup with a silky smooth mouth feel and complex flavor. Classic floral notes are punctuated by a tropical fruit sweetness and a refreshing pungency that lingers into the finish.

TD110 |
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.

TD132 |
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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In this 2019 first flush Darjeeling offering, a variegated mix of bright green and dark olive leaves produces an invigorating cup with rich floral notes. A buttery mouth feel complements a rich tropical fruit sweetness, ending with a crisp, clean finish.

TD102 |
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.

TD145 |
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.

TD144 |
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.

TD135 |