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Sikkim TGFOP1 “Temi” 2nd flush 100g


Sikkim TGFOP1 “Temi” 2nd flush 100g bag

Character: Well-worked, beautifully twisted greeny-brown leaves with plenty of golden tips. Strong  yet flowery, aromatic taste.

Second Flush yields larger, more mature leaves with a purplish hue and silver tips or leaf buds. The leaf growth during this period is much more rapid than the early spring growth. These larger, fast-growing leaves yield a stronger yet smoother flavour for the finished tea.

Infusion: golden-coloured

Ingredients: Sikkim Black Tea

Brewing method: Brew 1 teaspoon of Sikkim “Temi” in 200ml (7fl oz.) filtered and freshly boiled water for 2-3 minutes.

Country of origin: India

Province: Sikkim (Shikim or Su Khyim) State in the Himalayan Mountains.

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 former kingdom of Sikkim is a small but well known tea-growing area situated on the eastern side of the Himalayan Mountains to the north of Darjeeling and bordering Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Temi is the only tea plantation in Sikkim and producing very small quantities of high quality teas which are similar to Darjeelings but even more full-bodied and fruity


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