Flight of the spring teas

The beginning of spring is an exciting time for tea enthusiasts alike. The warming conditions signal the time for spring teas; those rare and unique that defy category. From the high mountains of Nepal, to the frosty fields of India, here presented is our exclusive selection to lead you into the new year of tea!

The first flush of the year is the period of spring where the first tea buds awaken from winter dormancy. These delicate one-bud-two-leaf newcomers are prized for their floral, fresh, and bright complex notes that distinguish first flush tea.

Not restricting ourselves to the well-known first flush Darjeeling, we have competitively sourced the earliest harvest from Jun Chiyabari tea garden in the neighbouring mountainsides of Nepal. Upon this slope the world’s most spectacular summits such as Makalu peak can be enjoyed, and by luck, catch a glimpse of the Danphe bird’s metallic green crest in the hinterland. An important contender in the new world of tea, here is our selection of teas from this young and ambitious tea garden.

Makalu White

This charming white tea of plump buds and young leaves is from Hile, Nepal. Harvested in March in the early days of a Himalayan spring, this white tea is left to simply wither and air dry. As natural as can be, it is distinguished by a sweet, pastry-like presence on the palate, and a lingering honey note.

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Jun Chiyabari

This young and ambitious tea garden is winning the hearts of tea connoisseurs.

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During the early spring transition, the higher altitudes of Nilgiri Blue Mountains in India are often visited by the lingering winter cold. With resourceful forward planning, a variety of camillia sinensis, robust to colder climates are sown here. The morning frost which blanket these high hill slopes is favored to mold a unique and limited black tea characteristic of its concentrated deep flavors and aromas that signal the last of winter.

Frosty Blue

A subtle beauty brought to life in the final days of winter, this rare frost tea comes to us from the Nilgiri Mountains, Southern India. The multi-color appearance of the leaf indicates mixed level oxidation, similar to what you may see with first flush Darjeelings and special oolongs, such as our Oriental Beauty. As complex as those aforementioned, our Frosty Blue carries a rich characteristic of fruit jam and muscat grapes.

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