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First Flush Darjeeling Tea

As Featured in the Wine Spectator!

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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Harvested on March 4th, 2021, this superior selection is the second plucking of the 2021 first flush season at the Upper division of Namring Estate, one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling district. Ultra-bold leaves, in shades of olive green accented with silver tips, produce a pale amber-gold cup, fragrant with hints of tropical fruit. A smooth buttery mouth feel complements pronounced floral notes and hints of corn silk, enfolded in a rich honey sweetness that lingers long into the finish.

TD167 |
$2.80/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on February 26, 2021, this superlative first flush offering is the very first plucking of the 2021 season at the Rohini Estate, located in the Kurseong valley of Darjeeling district. The exquisite leaves display full leaf sets, crowned with downy silver tips. Accented by notes of honey and corn silk, the sweet aroma evokes the freshness of early spring. The delicate amber-gold cup is buttery smooth with classic floral notes, complemented by light vegetal hints. A lively crisp quality lingers in the finish, completing an unparalleled tea experience.

With the introduction of this special tea, Upton Tea Imports is proud to continue our tradition of being the first US tea company to offer the very first harvest from the first flush Darjeeling season of 2021.

TD166 |
$2.67/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
2020 Gielle Estate First Flush Darjeeling 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 |
$1.57/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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In this 2021 first flush offering from Singbulli Estate, bold, well-made leaves in variegated tones of olive-green, sprinkled with silver tips, steep a golden amber liquor with a vibrant aroma hinting of sweet flowers and buttery corn silk. The cup is rich and smooth with a delectable honeyed floral flavor that fills your mouth upon first sip. The finish lingers with a crisp “bite.”

TD179 |
$1.52/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Named after a river that flows through the tea garden, the Balasun Estate has been producing premium teas for 150 years. In this 2021 first flush Darjeeling, a light pungency adds a lively aspect to the sweet, floral fragrance. Rich notes of flowers and honey, accented by warm toasty hints, are supported by a buttery smooth mouth feel in the golden amber cup. The finish lingers on a crisp, clean note.

TD178 |
$1.52/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With elevations ranging over 6,000 feet, the Thurbo Estate has been producing premium Darjeeling teas for over a century. In this 2021 first flush offering, silver tips decorate attractive leaves in a colorful display of olive greens. A rich toasty aroma introduces an amber-gold cup with an assertive character that enhances its full, lively mouth feel. Fresh floral/herbaceous notes and a honey sweetness are complemented by notes of stone fruit, which lend a gentle crispness to the lingering finish.

TD177 |
$1.50/cup
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 |
$1.49/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 6th, 2021, the very first plucking of the 2021 first flush season at Tindharia Estate, this outstanding selection displays beautiful leaves in shades of green, sprinkled with delicate, silvery tips. The fragrance is fresh and sweet, with hints of corn silk. The sparkling amber-gold cup is bursting with honey sweetness and rich floral notes reminiscent of a spring garden. A buttery smooth mouth feel supports light vegetal hints and a crisp, lively quality that lingers long into the finish. Savor each sip of this stellar offering.

TD168 |
$2.17/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
2020 Teesta Valley First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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Decorated with downy silver tips, the bold olive-green leaves of this 2020 first flush selection produce a refreshing, amber-gold cup filled with tropical fruit sweetness. A light stone fruit aroma is complemented by crisp hints of white wine that linger in the smooth finish.

TD139 |
$1.41/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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First planted at the turn of the 20th century, the south-facing tea slopes of the Jungpana Estate are located in a remote area near Kurseong, where the average elevation is 4,000 feet. This 2021 first flush offering displays dark olive leaves that are laced with a fine complement of downy silver tips. A sweet tropical fruit aroma sets the stage for the buttery smooth, amber gold cup. Rich notes of honey and spring flowers are complemented by a refreshing astringency that settles around the edges of the palate. A honey sweetness tempers the crisp, lingering finish.

TD173 |
$1.41/cup
Goomtee Darjeeling Tea First Flush
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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 |
$1.38/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 16th, this organic first flush Darjeeling selection offers bold leaves accented by a plethora of downy silver tips. The amber-gold cup exhibits a bright, refreshing character, which accentuates notes of honey, tropical fruit and melon. A crisp, clean finish completes a delightful tea experience.

TD171 |
$2.05/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 13th, the bold, attractive leaves of Balasun Estate’s very first 2021 plucking are sprinkled with a fair complement of silvery tips. The fresh aroma is delicate, with honeyed floral hints. The amber-gold cup is exceptional, with rich floral notes enhanced by a silky smooth mouth feel. A tropical fruit sweetness leads to a crisp, lingering finish.

TD170 |
$2.05/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With a rich, floral flavor and pronounced buttery mouth feel, this 2021 first flush offering, from Margaret’s Hope Estate, offers outstanding cup quality. The amber-gold liquor is fragrant with fresh corn silk notes warmed by a gentle hint of toastiness. A honey sweetness leads to a clean finish that lingers with a classic “crisp Darjeeling bite.”

TD176 |
$1.01/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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An inviting floral fragrance introduces this 2021 first flush selection from the Arya Estate, which has been producing premium Darjeeling teas for over 100 years. The amber gold cup is lively and bursting with mouth-filling complexity. Notes of sweet flowers, buttery corn silk, juicy tropical fruit and creamy almond create a rich harmony of well-balanced flavor that lingers long into the crisp finish.

TD172 |
$1.28/cup
Darjeeling Moonshine Tea Rohini Estate 2020
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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.

TD134 |
$1.51/cup
loose leaf 2020 first flush darjeeling 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.

TDB4 |
$0.44/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic Organic Darjeeling Tea Leaves Singbulli Estate 2020
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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.

TD133 |
$1.74/cup
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 |
$0.64/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A fresh aroma, fragrant with notes of tropical fruit, floral hints and a rich honey sweetness, introduces this 2021 first flush selection. Tropical fruit takes center stage in the golden amber cup as well, supported by nuances of spring flowers and a gentle toastiness. A refreshing crispness lingers in the finish. A great value for a single-estate first flush Darjeeling tea.

TD195 |
$0.39/cup
USDA Organic Organic Darjeeling Tea Leaves Sungma Estate 2020
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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.

TD136 |
$0.61/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested at the peak of the 2021 first flush season at Singtom Estate, this broken-leaf Darjeeling offering is redolent with the aroma of fresh flowers. The golden amber cup introduces a gentle astringency that plays at the edges of the palate, creating a wonderful counterpoint to the intensely sweet dried fruit hints in the vibrant flavor. A bright refreshing quality lingers in the finish.

TD194 |
$0.38/cup
USDA Organic Loose Leaf First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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The neat, attractive leaves of this 2020 first flush organic selection exhibit a range of color from light to dark olive-green. The perfumed aroma is light, with hints of spring flowers and citrus. The amber cup is fresh and lively with honeyed floral notes and a smooth buttery mouth feel. A tropical fruit sweetness leads to a crisp, lingering finish.

TD137 |
$0.45/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
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