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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 Darjeeling organic loose leaf black tea
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In this organic first flush Darjeeling offering, premium tea leaves in rich tones of olive green mix with downy silver tips. A buttery smooth mouth feel enhances the fresh floral character, which is complemented by delicate vegetal hints and a whisper of almond. Nuances of stone fruit lend a refreshing sweetness to the crisp finish.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The neat, finely particled leaves of this 2019 organic first flush Darjeeling yield a sweet, lively cup with a buttery fragrance. The golden amber liquor exhibits a full mouth feel and the ripe sweetness of tropical fruit. A refreshing astringency blooms and lingers long into the finish. May be enjoyed hot or iced. We recommend a 2-minute steeping time.

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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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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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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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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.

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USDA Organic Darjeeling organic loose leaf black tea
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Delicate, silvery tips adorn the olive green leaves in this premiere first flush Darjeeling selection from Tindharia Estate. The fresh floral fragrance is complemented by hints of sweet melon. The sparkling, amber gold cup is buttery smooth with hints of honey and stone fruit. A crisp finish completes an outstanding tea experience.

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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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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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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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Delicate silver tips are sprinkled among the dark-olive leaves in this first flush Darjeeling blend. The light amber cup is fragrant with a sweet floral aroma. Classic floral notes bloom in the flavor, complemented by a silky smooth mouth feel. Light tropical fruit hints join a honey sweetness and linger long into finish.

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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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