Darjeeling TGFOP1 Thurbo – 1st flush 100g


Darjeeling TGFOP1 Thurbo – 1st flush

Character: Often described as the “Champagne of Teas” due to its exclusivity. Darjeeling First Flush is made up of the first picking of the first leaves in the Thurbo Estate. Providing a delicate and fresh flavour with a sophisticated floral aroma, this tea has truly established its prized place in the tea market – a with good reason.

First Flush is defined as the very first plucking of a tea plant’s harvest season. The new growth leaves plucked during First Flush are the youngest and most tender part of the tea plant and are said to yield the purest and freshest cup of tea that plant is capable of producing.

Infusion: Golden liquor, light in tone.

Ingredients: Darjeeling 1st flush Black Tea

Brewing method: Brew 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of tea in 200ml (7fl oz.) filtered and freshly boiled water for 2-3 minutes.

Country of origin: India.

Province: The Thurbo estate, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Ever wondered what the letters mean?

TGFOP1 is only used for whole leaf teas. Tea that consists of fine uncrushed leaves with a delicate taste. In short a synonym for high quality. Besides leaf teas there are also crushed & torn leaves that are referred to as “broken”; “fannings” & “dust” are separated from broken-leaf teas as they are not used in loose leaf products as they are too small a particle of tea.

Orange Pekoe relates to the quality of the tea leaves. Orange does not refer to the colour but to the Dutch word “oranje” meaning “royal”. Pekoe (in Chinese pak-ho) can be translated as “white” – the colour of the fine fluff beneath young shoots. The F (for flowery) before OP indicates that tender and delicate flower buds were picked for this tea.

FOP1 allows conclusions about the care with which the tea was plucked – just two leaves and a bud. The coarser leaves remain on the tea bush. Only teas from Darjeeling that meet premium standards will bear the number 1.

TG (Tippy Golden) indicate that the tea has a lot of fine, light coloured tips. Tips are of lighter shades since they do not contain as much cell sap that turns dark during fermentation. As a general rule you may keep in mind the longer the string of letters, the better the tea. TGFOP1 will ensure a superior quality tea that has been carefully and diligently manufactured.

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The Thurbo Tea estate in Darjeeling is one of the largest in the district, producing some of the finest teas. This beverage consists of a neat, green leaf with little tip and, when brewed, boasts a bright gold liquor. It is an extraordinarily enticing tea and brings to light everything that is good about the Darjeeling district.

The name “Thurbo” derives from the British invasion of Nepal, where soldiers set up base in the nearby area in preparation for the historic move. In the local language, the British camp was called “Tombu”, meaning “tent”, which over the course of time became Thurbo, perhaps through mispronunciation. The name Thurbo remains today, representing one of the best estates of the Darjeeling district.  

Thurbo was established officially in 1872 during a time when Darjeeling’s Tea industry was on the rise. Little has changed since then with the estate being located in the midst of the Mirik Valley at an altitude that ranges from 762 to 1890 metres above sea level, the borders of Nepal visible on the horizon. But the most important factor, the factor that will undoubtedly help you to decide on Darjeeling 1st Flush Thurbo today, is its oneness with nature, the estate’s positioning in the valley meaning the elements, including the winds and rainfall, determine the quality of the tea. And that quality can seldom be overstated.


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