Cultivar: China Bush
Harvest Season: June
Darjeeling represents a small, mountainous microclimate in the Himalayan Foothills, where heirloom small-leaf "China Bush" tea plant cultivars thrive to create black teas of signature flavor. Each year, the very best micro-lots of the 2nd Flush harvest in June are denoted as "Muscatel" because their luscious aromas evoke the succulent, lychee-like sweetness of muscat grapes and Moscato wine. In the Cupping Room this year, we selected micro-lots from the Marybong, Lingia and Chamong estates for our Darjeeling Muscatel Premium. These teas stood out for their classic Muscatel character, red-amber infusion color and smooth, rich mouthfeel. Enjoy this tea throughout the year as we curate from one micro-lot to the next, allowing each to to "ripen" and richen into its full potential.
Tasting Notes: Distinctive with a refined briskness and notes of succulent grapes and pit fruits
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ black tea
Additional Info: Classic black teas offer a timeless taste
of tea's rich history and express a
distinct sense of place, determined not
only by geography and climate, but also
by culture and tradition.
Water Temperature: 200°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 1st infusion 4 minutes, 2nd infusion 4-5 minutes.
We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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