Brew Guide: Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea


Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea leaves being plucked


The most delicate of our teas, we recommend brewing our First Flush Darjeeling tea without milk at first. Grown at high altitude, the leaves are plucked in the spring and have only been on the tea bush for a few months; hence, they’re referred to as the first flush -- the most prized of the tea flushes.

Woman Tea Plucker in Darjeeling, India


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Darjeeling Tea Estate


These tea leaves are floral, fragrant, and celebrated for their unique flavor. So try having it without any milk. Perhaps just a drop or two of honey, if you prefer. We also find it tastes just as lovely chilled or at room temperature. 


Darjeeling Tea handrolled


Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea


METHOD: Teapot
QUANTITY: 1 heaped teaspoon
CUPS: 3 cups
BREW TIME: 3 minutes
CAFFEINE QUOTIENT: Approximately 50mg per 8 oz cup


1) Heat 3 cups of filtered water to approximately 175 degrees Farenheit (below boiling temperature)

2) Add 1 teaspoon of First Flush leaves (approximately 2.5 grams) into teapot. Pour hot water over leaves.

3) Steep for 3 minutes, then remove strainer if teapot has one, or use hand held strainer to pour tea into your cup.

4) Add a drop of honey if you wish.

5) Steep again: our premium Darjeeling First Flush tea can be steeped twice. Steep the second time for approximately 5 minutes.

Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea brewed

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