A few kilometers north of Darjeeling city is Bannockburn, a tea plantation dating back to the 1850s. As the name suggests, it was established by Scots*) back in the day. All the tea produced here is organic. Out of a total of 300 hectares, just under half is used for tea cultivation.
After plucking, the leaves are spread out on grids to wither, and the length of time this process takes affects the flavor. In Darjeeling, the leaves are usually thoroughly aerated. As the humidity drops, the leaves cannot fully oxidize and the finished tea is lighter in color.
We have purchased Bannockburn First Flush several years, and we think that this year they have done a great job. The leaves are light with white down. The drink has a light color with a soft taste and a mild sweetness. Slightly floral and creamy. Not very strong, but it has a charming flavor that feels luxurious. Enjoy it on its own, or with some light snacks
*) Bannockburn is a town in Scotland, best known for a battle that took place there in 1314, and a symbol of Scotland's independence.
|Base tea organic||Yes|
|Ingredients||Black tea from controlled organic farms.|
|Dose||3 grams / 2 dl|
|Water temperature||80 °C|
|Steeping time||2 min|
|Tips||Try a second brew on the same leaf (but on the same day).|