First Flush Darjeeling
First Flush Darjeeling
First Flush Darjeeling
First Flush Darjeeling

First Flush Darjeeling Loose Leaf Black Tea

5 reviews
Regular price £10.99
(37p per cup)

694 in stock

A bright, fresh tea plucked during the April Buddha Jayanti full moon.

Grown and crafted by the Small Growers Cooperative - a group of 60 families working together to control their own destiny, and produce some of the best tea in the world.

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22 May 2024
Bridget T.
France France

A wonderfully delicate Darjeeling

This light, fragrant, yet flavourful Darjeeling is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. I love it. Sadly the quality of Darjeeling has declined in recent years. Well done Rare Tea for finding this one.

18 April 2024
Claire T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Joyful First Flush Darjeeling.

Just spectacular!!

08 August 2023
Clive B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

First Flush Darjeeling

Dear Henrietta, I am halfway through the packet and still experimenting with leaf to water ratios. It has a lovely colour but I am disappointed , I expected more flavour. But I am enjoying the Lost Malawi.

Tasting Notes

This Himalayan tea is an early pluck, straight after the dormant winter, rich in stored sweetness. Highly fragrant and floral it is light and elegant as a green tea whilst combining the satisfying malty, chocolate notes that will be more pronounced in the Second Flush. Best enjoyed without milk.


Use 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion use 80°C (176°F) water.


Infuse for 90 seconds, tasting regularly.


You can infuse this tea at least three times. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

37p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 3 infusions.

Buddha Jayanti full moon


An independent cooperative

This loose leaf tea comes from a community of 60 independent families working together within the specially designated region of Darjeeling. The cooperative is nurtured by the pioneering organic tea farmer Rajah Banerjee. They work under truly organic and regenerative principles.

Before the cooperative the growers had no direct route to market and so their leaves were sold to larger tea companies. They had no control over the price they would be paid nor the end quality of the tea.

By purchasing their own tea processing equipment they now have control over the end product, allowing them to craft higher quality loose leaf Darjeeling tea and retain the value of their leaves and craft.

Small Tea Growers Society

Yanki & Allan Rai

Darjeeling is an area high in the Eastern Himalayas with Nepal to the West, Bhutan to the east, Sikkim to the north and tibet and West Bengal to the south.

Bunkulung village in the Mirik valley is a secret, hidden jewel on the western edge of Darjeeling. It is thought to be one of the first places tea was cultivated in India in the 1840s. This magnificent, unspoilt terroir is surrounded by subalpine forests, orange groves and sits above the Balason river basin.

The Small Growers Society is spread across the valley ranging from 1000 to 1980m elevation above Mirik Lake.

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