Giddapahar Imperial Muscatel Second Flush 2018
Just like every year, the Giddapahar Imperial Muscatel Second Flush is part of our annual offer of teas of the Darjeeling summer picking. And just like every year, we have selected the qualitative spearhead of Giddapahar’s early summer picking for Siam Tea Shop. Because only the highest picking standards and best processing qualities of selected Darjeeling tea estates qualify for each seasonal offering.
As characteristic for the estate’s teas, Giddapahar Imperial Muscatel Second Flush 2018 pleases the palate with downright sublime harmony and balance. This translates to a particularly round and soft mouthfeel that covers one’s gums like a velvety clove, making Giddapahar’s second flush 2018 a tea for almost any occasion… And a second flush that for friends of black teas from Darjeeling’s summer picking leaves nothing to wish for.
First, pour 200-250 ml water of a temperature of 90°C-100°C over 4g Giddapahar Imperial Muscatel Second Flush 2018. Then, let infuse for 3-5 minutes for mild a full-bodied Darjeeling second flush tea. Plus, a second worthy infusion is produced in another 5 minutes go of the leaf material.
Giddapahar Tea Estate – The Tea Garden
Giddapahar Tea Garden is located in Darjeeling’s Kurseong Valley at an altitude of around 1500m. With this, the estate is part of one of India’s – and Darjeeling’s – finest tea cultivation regions. The cool climate coming with the tea garden’s extraordinary altitude gives Giddapahar teas a particularly delicate aroma, for whose muscatel character the estate has gained a reputation among tea lovers. In addition, fog covers the tea bushes here on a daily basis for most of the year, an inalienable prerequisite for the finest teas in the world.
The estate stretches across a total area of 115 hectar, 94 hectar of which are covered with tea bushes. These produce 30 tons of tea annually.
Giddapahar Tea Estate – History
Established in 1881, Giddapahar Tea Estate has been the property of the Shaw family ever since. They have always been managing the the tea garden like a family venture, and this is still the case today. At present, the brothers Himashu and Sudhanshu are in charge of the cultivation, production and distribution of their produced teas. Today, Giddapahar is the traditional Darjeeling tea garden that matches the definition of a heritage family venture in the narrower sense best.
Tea from India at Siam Tea Shop
The sustainable trend to more quality with tea on the western market increasingly bears sweet fruit in India, too. Year after year, the mayor tea estates in Darjeeling and Assam compete for the market’s recognition for each season’s best “First Flush“, “Second Flush” or “Autumnal”. However, not only quality comes from India at new levels today, but also completely new diversity of India’s tea portfolio. Black tea, for example, the classic of Indian teas, suddenly comes around in the most diverse appearances. The spectrum reaches from the modern, flowery, spring-hearted first flush to full-bodied, dark roasted second flushes to earthy and malty “autumnals”. One example for a characteristic Darjeeling second flush black tea at its best is our Giddapahar Imperial Muscatel Second Flush 2017.
The Indian Second Flush Season
Most of us might know the term “second flush” only from India. However, this doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be any “second flushes” – summer pickings – in other tea regions, too. Though the spring picking generally enjoys the highest prestige among tea lovers for most types of tea, summer pickings do have their own favorable features. This applies in particular to India, where in summer the flowery notes of the spring picking give way to ever deeper sweetness. To support and highlight this sweetness at its best, Darjeeling tea gardens generally process their second flushes to classic black tea. As a result, most friends of Darjeeling tea will have a place for both in their hearts – and in their cupboards. And there are even tea lovers, who prefer the sweet dark roast of a black second flush from the floweriness of the first flushes.
And here’s to other Darjeeling second flushes at Siam Tea Shop:
For teas of Darjeeling’s spring picking (“First Flushes”), please click the following link:
In addition, check here for our annual offer of Darjeeling’s mild and aromatic “Autumnals” (autumn pickings):