Darjeeling First Flush is a lightly fermented black tea. It is harvested in early spring. We are particularly selecting the tea with a bright flavor and reasonable aftertaste.
As a First Flush tea, this tea leaf is fermented a little deeper than other first flush. As a result, tea gives an intense sweet fruity note reminiscent of mangoes and apricots.
This tea is produced in the Ting Ling district, which is famous for its super-quality clonals in the Singbulli tea plantations. Tea harvested in the Ting Ling area has the highest price at Singbulli Tea Garden. The price of tea produced in the Ting Ling area is almost double than that of regular tea, but it has the quality that makes you want to get it even at that price. Due to its bold drinking sensation which is not like ordinary Darjeeling tea, you can enjoy its fullness in both taste and flavor. The high quality of the Ting Ling area is thought to be due to the altitude, but it seems that the quality of the soil is more important than that.
When talk about black tea, people may associate it with the common milk tea served in food store. This Darjeeling Black Tea is totally not like those teas used for milk tea. The taste of Darjeeling First Flush is like quality white tea or refreshing Taiwan high mountain oolong tea. It is suitable for morning and evening.
When brew, the color of tea leaf is yellowish green color, with a honey-yellow liquor. It hard to believe it’s a black tea. It's a refreshing cup of tea to start a day or to rejuvenate our body during anytime in a day. It's a tea to enjoy without milk or sugar. It has a lingering sweetish taste on palate.
We noticed that there are people who might judge the quality of Darjeeling tea by the name of tea gardens. In India, tea gardens belong to very big companies. In general, one tea garden covers a wide range of the mountain. From the same tea garden, there will be many different lots of tea. Each lot represents a particular production date, and it is produced from one small area of the tea garden.
So, in reality, the quality of tea varies a lot depending on the particular area of the tea garden, the altitude and also the process.
When we select tea, we emphasize a lot on the aftertaste and the body. It is just like wine or brandy. The quality drink has a strong aftertaste and the flavor lasts for a long time on the palate.It is not necessary that DJ-1 is the best qualityThe DJ number is the lot number set according to the production date. So, DJ-1 is supposed to be the first lot in their production in the spring season of the year. In Japan, if we visit a fancy tea shop, they are treating DJ-1 as a premium lot, and this batch often commands a premium selling price too. But DJ-1 is not necessarily the best quality.
The price of the first lot of Darjeeling First Flush (DJ-1) is high.Therefore many people think that DJ-1 (the first lot of tea picked in the season in Darjeeling tea gardens) is the best.
The actual fact is the harvest of tea begins earlier at low elevation and slowly moves on to higher elevation. So, the beginning of DJ number is representing the tea harvested at lower elevation.
HOJO doesn't select tea by the DJ numbers. We carefully evaluate each lot and choose the ideal quality according to our own quality standard.