The original Giddapahar style First Flush tea made from pure china tea bushes. Giddapahar Tea Estate is one tea garden where 95% of the tea plantation area is under chinery tea bushes (most people refer to 'chinery' as 'chinary', but this is wrong as this originates from the Nepalese word "Cheen" which means "china". So in the proper Nepalese pronunciation, it should be "chinery" not "chinary". Chinary has a different meaning in Nepali language. This of course is unknown to people who don't speak the Darjeeling language and apply their own spellings).
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The tea leaves seems well rolled and twisted giving each one not only the twist it needs, but a whole curvy edge to the whole body (strand) of the leaf. The overall color of the tea leaves portray greenish with a mixture of dark and deep green colors. The tea leaves are highly aromatic and has an overall freshness that seems to relax the mind. It has also complex mixture of fragrance that is sweet, tender, grassy, spicy, salty, flowery and nutty like the almonds.
This Giddapahar Darjeeling Tea open up to its original size and has an overall bright infusion mostly green but comes blended with a slight hint of pale yellow and other shades of green, also some browns. It has an intriguing minty nose which comes parceled with mild sweetness. Some spicy and flowery nose can be found which depicts freshness. It is also nutty to some extent.
This Giddapahar Tea Estate produce has a light liqor, pale golden-yellow in the cup. It has a definite briskness which intrigues the tongue with freshness and relaxation. It gives you a beautiful mouth-feel filling with all its characteristics that refers to being invigorating, sweet, almondy (nutty) and flowery. It has slight astringency which can be felt at the tip of the tongue, but gradually wades off leaving a sweet and spicy aftertaste.
Filtered Water 180ml
Tea Leaves 1-2 TSP/2.5 Gram
Temperature 95-100 ℃/203 - 212 ℉
Time 4-5 min
Located on a mountain 4864 feet above sea level, Giddapahar is a short drive from Kurseong. The plantation is a small family owned estate, known as "Eagles Cliff". The tea from Giddapahar Estate is very delicate due to the lower temperatures here and also because the area itself is covered by mist for a good part of the year. Due to the temperature, the tea bushes from the estate produce a fine bouquet with great aromatic quality and a delicate floral smell. A signature spring flush black tea from Darjeeling with just the right amount of briskness and astringency. Its clean and rounded liquor boasts palate notes of apricot, citrus and squash blossom with hints of floral notes. This medium caffeine tea has a well rounded finish with lingering fruity notes.