Darjeeling Tea First Flush 2014 Blend FTGFOP-1

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Astringent, Black Pepper, Dry Grass, Green, Muscatel
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The Teekampagne (or, in English, "Tea Campaign") was founded in Berlin, Germany, in 1985. From its humble beginnings in a small basement apartment for a small rent at the Free University of Berlin, the Teekampagne grew to the world`s largest importer of genuine organic Darjeeling tea. The Tea Campaign Canada is part of the steadily growing Teekampagne-network, currently with its headquarter in Germany, representations in USA, Canada and New Zealand and regular customers in many European countries like Spain, France, the Netherlands and other countries.

Healthy Environment, Healthy Tea, Healthy People!

Our "parent" company, the Teekampagne, has long invested in the environmental health of Darjeeling, the district in India where our tea comes from. All teas sold within the Teekampagne-network are not only organically produced and certified but also regularly tested for 486 (!) potential, in the tea industry widely used chemical residues, from herbicides to pesticides and fungicides (which may be transported by wind from neighbouring, non-certified tea-gardens). The results of these tests are printed on each tea package

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1.25 tsp for 300mL water @ 90C, steeped four minutes.

Tea Campaign Canada is the Canadian branch of Teekampagne in Germany. Teekampange sells only Darjeelings. They’e also invested in improving life for tea workers for decades now. The teas are organic and tested for “486 possible chemical residues.” Tea Campaign Canada works by mail-order, and the pricing for Darjeeling tea is very reasonable.

So, the First Flush 2014 Blend. Dry leaf shows some green and brown and a few twigs and gives some scent of Muscatel. Wet leaves are almost all green and bright. Liquor is light bronze. The flavour is closer to good Chinese green tea, true Dragonwell, that sort of sweetness, with an undercurrent of classic Darjeeling astringence and muscatel. I think this blend benefits from a lower water temp. I expect water at 100C, or even 98, might singe the leaves.

This is a gorgeous tea. I love Darjeelings. I usually prefer second flush, but this first flush is teaching me things. It also has a slight peppery bite, as you find in some Yunnans.

All of the Darjeeling sold by Tea Campaign is certified as Darjeeling by The Tea Board of India.

Flavors: Astringent, Black Pepper, Dry Grass, Green, Muscatel

Michelle Butler Hallett

For Canadians, with a link in the upper right corner for the US site: http://www.teacampaign.ca

Michelle Butler Hallett

I made a second cup of this with water at 95C. Yeah, don’t do that. The leaves scald and yield up bitterness and brine. 90C at most for this delicate leaf.

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