Deeply muscatel Darjeeling style tea, this tea from Sri Lanka must be tasted.
Such a complex tea, said to be some of the finest in the world.
Envelope your tastebuds in this tea and you will rethink the Darjeeling tea world.
But why Sri Lanka?
Diyanillakelle Tea Gardens are found in the Sri Lankan highlands. Recently certified organic the owners wish to explore the world of artisan tea. Focussing on quality over quantity.
Currently this stunning tea is very fresh as production only finished in January 2022.
Crafted by a tea mentor of mine, Nalin Modha, he has utlised his expertise to create an incredible tea. Most akin to a second flush Darjeeling, the muscatel is incredible.
As the weather patterns in Sri Lanka are different to the Darjeeling area they are able to create stunning tea such as this at what we might think of as unusual times.
Teas from any subsequent pluck have been affected by the stress on the tea plants caused by this weather.
Teas mellow with age, especially in the first few months, so it will become smoother as time goes on.
Always interesting to discover how the taste profile of teas change, a journey worth experiencing.
Our airtight foil lined packs are a great container to store the young tea in as it locks in the aromatics within the leaves.
Also keeps out any strong smells which can taint the tea leaves.
This tea demonstrates just how incredible darjeeling style teas can be.
How to prepare this tea?
Western style brewing
Use 2g of leaf to 300ml of water (china tea cup size).
Bring the water to boil, then leave to cool for about one minute then pour over the leaves.
Infuse for approx 3 minutes.
Leaves used this way can be reused up to 3 times, but please increase infusion times each subsequent infusion.
1st infusion: 3 minutes
2nd infusion: 5 minutes
3rd and final infusion: 9 minutes
Gong Fu or Chinese style brewing
Use 5g of leaf to 150ml of water (general gaiwan size).
Bring the water to the boil, then leave to cool for about one minute then pour over the leaves.
Wait 10 seconds and decant your tea.
Leaves use this way can be reused at least 7 times.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis