Tea Type: Oolong tea
Flush Season: First flush
Cultivar: Old China Bushes
Estate: Gopaldhara Tea Estate
Invoice No: GPL RT-5/22
Date of picking: March 2022
Type of plucking: 100% fine leaf, mostly comprising of single or two leaves and a bud
Grade: FTGFOP1 Moondrops
Elevation: 5500 – 7000 ft
Oxidation: Mildly oxidized post rolling
Speciality: Sufficiently oxidized to ensure that its exquisite flavors are prominently present
Moondrop – Gopaldhara First Pick – First Flush 2022 – Royal Series
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The Moondrop is one of the first teas to be produced during Spring. It is made from the best quality clones planted at the top elevations of Gopaldhara Tea Estate. The bushes are fresh out of hibernation from a prolonged winter of four months – December to March. The first flush yields 100% growing shoots and excellent buds with either a single leaf or two leaves and a bud. The flavors are prominent as the weather is arid and cool, ensuring slow growth.
The garden workers carefully harvest the leaves by hand, ensuring only the best shoots with prominent buds are plucked. The plucking is of such fine quality that the tea can only be hand-sorted, and the machines used to make the tea are few. This tea is produced the same way as a Darjeeling First Flush Tea but is sufficiently oxidized to ensure that all the exquisite flavors are prominently present.
The tea has dark green finely plucked whole leaves with buds. It brews into a yellowish cup with a Spring fresh and mouthful flavor. It is mellow sweet and has a fruity taste of Indian Gooseberry without any astringency. It leaves behind a pleasant and lingering aftertaste. This is an entirely new style of Darjeeling first flush oolong tea.