Autumn Wonder Tea: a rare, seasonal delicacy
- October 01 2019
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The exquisite qualities of Darjeeling tea manifest themselves distinctly during the growing seasons from March to November.
Tea Connoisseurs call these seasons as First Flush (Spring) which is the period from March to April, Second Flush (Summer) from May to June, Monsoon (Rainy season) from July to September and finally Autumnal (Autumn) from October to November.
The season that we are currently experiencing is known as Autumn or Fall and this is the final growing period before the tea bushes gently bid farewell and go into their winter slumber, only to awaken and give the first harvest of the next year in April.
The autumnal season is a very short season where an extremely limited amount of tea is produced. It is no wonder, that many tea houses in India & around the world are not even aware of its existence and rarely have this tea as a part of their sale roster. As a consequence, Black Tea lovers worldwide are only aware of the First Flush and Second Flush Darjeelings and, therefore, miss out on this very unique Autumn Tea!
At Taj Mahal Tea House, we are proud to offer you our rare single estate Darjeeling Autumn Wonder Tea. This tea is a black tea and organically and sustainably produced in one of the world’s best Tea gardens along the high elevation slopes, facing the mighty snow-capped Himalayas. During this period the tea bushes absorb the frosty, pre winter mountain air & sunlight to give you a unique taste that will surely, but pleasantly, surprise you!
If we describe this tea, its Leaf appearance gets a bit greenish to brown and each leaf is delicately “twisted” and “Wiry” to trap the unique flavours.
Liquors are light, delicate, crisp and sparkling. The colour of the liquor is bright amber to burgundy. The tea displays a unique “nut or stone fruit” flavour. Tea connoisseurs call this distinguishing characteristic as an ‘Autumnal’ or “Aut’ flavour.
The Infused (wet leaf) leaf has a sweet, fresh ‘nose’ or fragrance and a “coppery gold brightness”.
We recommend that you savour this tea without milk, sugar or lemon to experience the intrinsic flavour and taste this tea offers. While this tea is essentially a “Self-drinker” and can be had on its own, you can enjoy it with light fruity sandwiches and delicate pastries.