Indian Black Tea

DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH

In the harsh mountain climate of the Himalayas, in the Darjeeling area, the first spring tea harvest takes place from March to the end of April and is called the First Flush. The tea produced from this harvest is valued for its unique, flowery aroma, as well as leaves that are especially green for a black tea, but its supple quality is rapidly lost within a few months of storage. It is therefore very important that the first flush Darjeeling be fresh. We buy our first flush directly from Calcutta and have it shipped by air. This means that we can guarantee the freshness of the tea in your cup. It is available only while the fresh stock lasts. A delicacy among tea lovers, the scent and flavor of it remind one of a walk in a dewy flower garden. Exceptional tea.

$5.75                  Loose Leaf $6.25 per ounce

DARJEELING SECOND FLUSH

The second tea harvest takes place just before the rainy season, over almost fifty days from the end of May to early July. The color of the infusion is darker than the First Flush and this tea has more body as well. The flowery, astringent flavor and superb muscat aroma of the teas picked at this time has led to comparisons between these teas and the famous wines of Bordeaux. Rather small green-yellow leaves with darker tips. On the menu only while stocks last.

$5.75                  Loose Leaf $6.25 per ounce

DARJEELING HIMALAYA

A pure high-mountain Indian black tea, plucked in the fall on the southern slopes of the Himalayas. This is an original blend, distinguished by the equilibrium of the color of the infusion, its taste and its aroma. The small brown-black leaves with light color tips are evenly rolled into half-moons, and in the cup give a red-brown infusion with a rich aroma and robust taste, which we recommend as a good thirst-quencher.

$4.50                  Loose Leaf $5.50 per ounce

ASSAM BRAHMAPUTRA

An Indian black tea from the valley plantation region on the banks of the enchanting river Brahmaputra. A wild variety of tea plant later named Thea Assamica was discovered in India by the Bruce brothers almost 170 years ago This is the variety now cultivated in Assam. Our supply is outstanding for its freshness and sparkling taste. Brown-black leaves with light color tips are evenly rolled into half-moons. In the cup they produce a dark, red-brown infusion with a rich aroma and a robust, full taste. Suitable for drinking before a long journey.

$4.50                  Loose Leaf $4.75 per ounce

NILGIRI SHIVA

In the Blue Mountains of Kerala in the south west of India, Nilgiri tea is born under the strict eyes of Lord Shiva. It is distinguished for its light orange-brown infusion and super fine aroma with a notably refreshing taste like the Assamica leaf type, but more flowery and slightly fruity.

$4.50                  Loose Leaf $4.75 per ounce

CHAI, CHAI, CHAI!!!

Memories of India. A black Indian Assam tea simmered in milk and strongly sweetened, prepared in the traditional way. It is served in a 6.4 ounce glass with an uninterrupted shout of "chai, garam, chai" - meaning Hot Chai is Ready! just as it is served in India. A good tea for reminiscing about glorious journeys. This tea may takes 10 to 12 minutes to prepare.

$3.75 per cup

MASALA TEA

A ritual based on an Indian recipe. Tea with a mixture of spices - ground ginger, cardamom, white pepper, anise and cloves. Served with warm milk and honey. The infusion has a strong fragrant aroma and slightly intoxicating effects.

$5.50                  Loose Leaf $9.00 / 4 oz box

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