Darjeeling Avongrove First Flush Red (Black) Tea is classified as SFTGFOP1(Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), an abbreviation reserved for the finest of Darjeeling’s black teas. Avongrove Tea Plantation is famous for its First Flush teas, which generally tend to have intense flavor and an aftertaste that lasts brew after brew. The aroma is light and floral, while the taste is mild. This tea comes from the Kurseong Valley in Darjeeling district.
Place of origin
Kurseong Valley, Darjeeling District, India
Tasting – Sight and smell
Avongrove First Flush SFTGFOP1 black tea leaves are medium-small, rolled shape and rather slender. The colors are a mix of different shades of brown with a few bright green leaves and many silvery-white buds covered with soft hair. Once infused, they give off gentle aromas with delicate plant notes, floral notes and a hint of lemon balm. The liquor in the cup is an elegant pale gold color, very clear.
The first notes of Avongrove First Flush SFTGFOP1 black tea are delicate and not at all pungent, with a sweet taste reminiscent of orange honey. This is followed by floral scents reminiscent of wildflowers and thorny shrubs, ending with slightly citrusy notes of lemon balm and tangerine zest. No bitterness or astringency is present: the multitude of buds makes the flavor of this tea milder and softer than most Darjeelings. The body is light and silky, while the persistence has citrusy tips and gives a pleasant sensation of freshness on the palate.
How to prepare
For a classic preparation according to the Western style of Avongrove First Flush black tea SFTGFOP1 we recommend 2.5 grams of leaves (about 1 teaspoon) in a 200 ml cup with water at 85°C for a brewing time of 2-3 minutes.
The tea can be filtered for greater ease at the moment of tasting, and also the infusion times indicated above are intended to be purely indicative, so you can also adjust according to your personal taste.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.