Big Flavor from “The Smallest Tea Garden in Darjeeling”There’s always something new in the world of tea. Each flush (period of growth and then harvest) is different depending on the weather and other factors. Each year the plants are older, which can be good or bad. Each garden has its own issues to deal with, including that aforementioned weather. And they are constantly striving to produce teas that are better than the previous ones and than their competitors. And often they are just so dedicated to crafting great teas that they devote a lot of time and energy to them and to developing particular tea plants. So it is with this special tea from the Giddapahar Tea Garden.
Full name: Giddapahar Limited-Edition Hand-Rolled Darjeeling 2014 Second Flush Tea. It’s a new offering from JAS-eTea and brings together the China jats grown at this garden with the ones made into all the fine pu-erhs that vendor now offers. I enlisted Li’l Steeper Cup to steep it up.
As usual, I made sure my humans took in the sight and aroma of the dry leaves. The first thing to note is their size (the leaves, not my humans – ba dum bum!). They are a clonal tea plant called AV2 (not a very exciting name, but unimportant – we focus on the quality of those leaves). The aroma was Muscatel (grape-like) with a touch of honey.
|Large AV2 Clonal leaves|
|Smaller leaves of the Giddapahar |
Autumn Flush from 2010
Wanted to show you a close-up of the leaves after the final infusion:
And here are a few spread out:
And we thought you’d like to compare them with the infused leaves of that other version from Giddapahar:
|The leaves of the Giddapahar Autumn Flush|
from 2010 after infusing
About the Giddapahar Tea GardenThe garden is on a mountain a short drive from the town of Kurseong (in fact, you can see the town from the garden). It is in the geographic area designated as an official Darjeeling tea growing area. The Singh family has operated this garden since it’s founding in 1881 and live in a house not far from their small factory. The mountain is steep sloped and often shrouded in mist, and the temperatures tend to be cooler. The garden is around 4,864 feet elevation. Their production is less than many of the more well-known gardens in that special geographic area. They grow only China jats (cultivar of the tea plant Camellia sinensis).
Giddapahar Tea Garden map shown below is a still capture from the full map here: Darjeeling Garden Map on Camellia-sinensis.com Blog.
Always nice to try something new in the world of tea!
Where to buy: Giddapahar Limited-Edition Hand-Rolled Darjeeling 2014 Second Flush Tea.
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