Tea: Darjeeling First Flush Blend

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Black Loose Leaf tea in a caddy

This exquisite luxury Darjeeling First Flush loose-leaf tea delicately combines the fresh, invigorating and grassy qualities of the revered spring flush tea leaves with the stunning muscatel hints that are characteristic of this well-loved and nuanced tea. 

Darjeeling is one of the most revered and well-loved tea districts in India - and in the world. Tea farmers in this area have been passing down expert tea knowledge from generation to generation for almost 200 years.

The succulent, silvery leaves of this Darjeeling loose leaf tea offer a gentle sweetness and refreshingly astringent flavour, which can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Darjeeling is technically a black tea. However, the processing of the tea is more similar to that of green tea - opting for minimal oxidisation - before being rolled in order to preserve the natural flavours. The tea is much sweeter than most black and green teas. It is lightly coloured and has a strong, sweet scent. 

 

For connoisseurs

Unlike most Indian teas, the Darjeeling tea leaves derive from the small-leaved Camellia Sinenisis plant, a vegetation which adds beneficial antioxidants to the tea. This is opposed to the large-leaved Assam plant, Camellia Sinensis Assamica.

Tea planting in the Indian district of Darjeeling was introduced in 1841 by Arthur Campbell, a civil surgeon of the Indian Medical Service. Campbell was transferred to Darjeeling in 1839 from Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1841, he brought seeds of the Chinese tea plant, Camellia Sinensis from Kumaun, and began to experiment with tea planting in Darjeeling. The British government also established tea nurseries during that period. Commercial development began during the 1850's.

Ingredients

 First flush Darjeeling black tea

Darjeeling tea can be enjoyed hot or chilled, and its sweet taste means you do not need to add milk, sugar or sweeteners.

Due to the relatively small scale of our cheese and condiment producers, occasionally some cheeses and condiments may be unavailable and we will have to substitute them with similar products. Please state in the notes on the Cart page, if you do not wish to have any substitutions.

DELIVERY

The delivery charge is worked out based on the postcode.

SCOTLAND

EH39-EH42 postcodes (Haddington, Gifford, Dunbar, North Berwick, East Linton, other areas within 5 mile radius of the shop): Orders over £35 - free delivery; orders under £35 - delivery charge £4.50.

Other EH and FK1-16 post codes (East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife) : Orders over £60 ‐ free delivery; orders under £60 ‐ delivery is £4.50.

Central Scotland: Order over £60 ‐ free delivery; order under £60 ‐ £6.99;

Northern Scotland and Highlands: £6.99 (2-5 day service).

REST OF BRITAIN

England & Wales: Order over £60 ‐ free delivery; order under £60 ‐ £6.99.

Northern Ireland and Islands (Isle of Man, Scilly, Skye, Wight, Jersey, Guernsey): we currently do not ship to.

Most of the mainland UK gets a next day delivery service. However, certain areas of the UK get a longer service. Our boxes are designed to be safe in transit for up to 48 hours.

When placing an order, please make sure to provide:

  • an alternative delivery instruction, in case you’re not in to receive the order (such as “leave on porch, leave in a shed, leave with neighbour”)
  • complete post code and mobile number (will be used for courier notifications)

SHIPPING INFORMATION

Our checkout system allows you to pick a date in the future to receive your delivery. If you are buying cheeses for a special occasion, please allow an extra day or two for your cheeses to arrive, in case of unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances.

During December and other peak periods, we may require additional days to process and
deliver your order and will inform you of any unusual delays.

PACKAGING

We take great care in packaging and delivering your order.

  • Cheeses are wrapped in specialist cheese paper that will allow them to breathe and not suffocate.
  • Cheeses and condiments are then packaged in a cardboard box (reusable and recyclable) with an insulated foil pouch and ice packs to ensure the correct temperature is maintained for a minimum of 24 hours (up to 48 hours, if required).

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