Goomtee Muscatel Delight Second Flush 2017
Goomtee Tea Estate – The Tea Garden
Goomtee Tea Estate, located in Darjeeling’s Kurseong Valley (= “land of orchids”), covers an area of 300 ha land. At this, is spreads across altitudes between 1000 and 2000 meters and is embedded in one of the most pictoresque landscapes of Darjeeling. Also, Kurseong Valley has a reputation for producing Darjeeling’s very finest teas. Other tea gardens of the same region are Jungpana, bordering Goomtee in the east, and the Makaibari and Castleton tea estates in the west. All 3 tea gardens share a worldwide reputation for best in class Darjeeling teas. Further, the region’s climate is characterized by comparably cool temperatures, moderate rainfalls and the constant shift between fog and sunshine. This way, Goomtee tea garden benefits of conditions that just couldn’t be more ideal for tea cultivation. As a result, the Goomtee’s seasonal pickings regularly are among the most aromatic teas of India.
Goomtee Tea Estate – Social & Environment
Initially, the tea garden had been planted with China varieties back in 1899 by the British pioneer Henry Lennox. After several changes of proprietors, it became property of the Kejriwal family in 1959. Eversince, the estate has been under the competent management of Mister Mahabir Prasad. Mister Prasad runs Goomtee Tea Estate as a family venture, in which the 4th generation is just about getting ready to take over.
Several waterfalls and a gorgeously landscaped flower garden, as well as the estate’s old mansion are integral parts of the tea garden.
Goomtee Tee-Estate – Tradition and Modernity
During the past 4 decades, plantation and tea factory have been subject to comprehensive modernization. At this, the present co-manager, Mr. Ashok Kumar, particularly focuses on nurturing a novel harmony between traditional Darjeeling tea-making art and state of the art processing technology. Goomtee Tea Garden virtually serves as a role model regarding information and transparency of products and processes. From the picking of the tea leaf, across the whole processing chain, to packaging and dispatch, all data of a tea are meticulously documented and passed on. This way, the tea lover at the end of the chain gets to learn all important information about their tea. This includes data such as cultivar, picking standard and season or even the applicable patch of the tea garden, it’s altitude and climate conditions, plus all relevant processing parameters.
Goomtee Muscatel Delight Second Flush 2017, Goomtee Tea Estate, Kurseong Valley, Darjeeling, India
Already during the first weeks of the SF season 2017, the political unrest around Ghorkaland’s indepence bid overshadowed the picking and processing of Darjeeling’s main harvest. With the ensuing general strike then, production then came to a complete halt. In addition, the Indian central government ordered the shutdown of all public offices and institutions. Along with this came the closure of all communications and trade channels, such als postal services. Therefore, little second flush came about in this year, and even less has reached the western market.
Only thanks to best connections directly to Darjeeling, SiamTee has managed to still save the year for friends of Darjeeling Second Flush tea. So, I finally even got to sample quite a range of 2017 DJ SF’s. As a result of these samplings, I have selected the 3 Darjeeling Second Flushes that I rated as the best. And the spearhead of our resulting offer is the Goomtee Muscatel Delight Second Flush 2017.
Just like the estate’s spring picking, Goomtee Muscatel Delight Second Flush 2017 also convinces with uncompromising boldness and full body. At this, much of this year’s FF’s floweryness is still present in this early Second Flush. This floweryness, however, is already wrapped in the deep, pronounced sweetness of the summer pickings. The result is a Darjeeling Second Flush that – despite of this year’s adverse circumstances – leaves nothing to wish for.
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.
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 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 first flush to full-bodied, dark roast second flushes to earthy and malty “autumnals”. And our Goomtee Muscatel First Flush 2017 is one example for a classic Darjeeling second flush black tea at its best.
Pour water of a temperature of 90°C-100°C over 4g Goomtee Muscatel Delight Second Flush 2017 and let infuse for 3 minutes. You might produce a just as wonderful second infusion giving the leaf material another 5 minutes go.